Was the ancient Native American metropolis of Cahokia built or inspired by the Toltec empire of Central Mexico? That’s the argument of scholar Alice B. Kehoe in her article, “Cahokia,America’s Great City.” She makes very compelling arguments noting that even the style of cosmetic dentistry (i.e., filed teeth) found in Cahokia burials was identical to […]
In his research article “Yucatan Channel and Trade,” researcher Ronald Canter compiled the best available evidence of trade contacts between the Maya and people east of the Yucatan Channel such as Cuba and Florida. Read more below: YUCATAN CHANNEL and TRADE Abstract: This article summarizes some of the evidence for the passage of Maya trade […]
The Ortona Mounds site in the Lake Okeechobee region of Florida features a network of canals for canoe travel: The casual visitor to this small rural community about 15 miles west of Lake Okeechobee might barely notice the broad indentations that run for seven miles from a cluster of oak-shaded mounds through scrub pine and […]
In 1937, archaeologists in Georgia unearthed a surprise: a dog effigy pot that looked like a Chihuahua. How did Chihuahuas, a native dog of Mexico, get to Georgia? In 1937, about two hours southwest of Atlanta, archaeologists unearthed a surprise: an ancient dog effigy pot in a Native American cemetery near Columbus, Georgia. Known as […]
Mayan Words in Hitchiti-Creek Language Suggest Ancient Connection The Hitchiti language, one of many languages spoken by Creek Indians, was spoken in Georgia and Florida during the Colonial Period by tribes including the Hitchiti, Chiaha, Oconee, Sawokli, Apalachicola and Miccosukee. Based on the number of place names derived from the Hitchiti language, scholars believe this […]
Architect and scholar Richard Thornton has published his findings about an archaeological site on the side of Georgia’s highest mountain peak, Brasstown Bald. His conclusion, that the site was built by the Maya, could rock the archaeological community who have insisted for decades that no evidence existed for the presence of people from Mexico in […]
Jaguars and panthers aren’t from Indiana but they show up at the Mann Hopewell Site as beautifully detailed carvings. Put them together with clay figurines that have slanted eyes — not a Hopewell feature — and Linderman says we could be looking at a connection between Indiana and Central or South America.
Thirty years ago the archaeological scientists Garman Harbottle and Edward Sayre used neutron activation analysis to show that turquoise mosaics from Mexico, found as far away as the great Maya city of Chichén Itzá in Yucatan and dating back to around AD900, used raw material originating in the Cerrillos mines between Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico, an overland distance of some 3,200 km (2,000 miles).