I checked the calendar to ensure that it’s three days before Christmas and not two weeks before income taxes are due. Only then did I read this story on Examiner.com. It’s the real deal and perhaps we should have recognized it all along. The site described may even be the city of Yupaha that Hernando de Soto sought.
There is strong archeological and etymological evidence that Mayans not only visited but actually settled in North Georgia on and around Brasstown Bald. There are many visible stone masonry walls that were likely used for agricultural terracing. So perhaps the Mayans did not all die en masse as accepted theories state, but some may have migrated to the Southeastern United States.
If not for an honest misunderstanding, this all might have been known decades ago. It seems that “Brasstown Bald” is a mistranslation of the original name, Itsay. Settlers later added “town” and “bald” to the name, but Protestant missionaries mistakenly believed the word Itsay meant brass. It actually means Place of the Itza or as we would say, Place of the Maya.
The Creek language contained many Mesoamerican words and the Hitchiti Creeks called themselves Itsate. It’s also of interest that the ancestors of the Creeks, like the Maya, built five sided mounds and that the pottery found at Ocmulgee Mounds National Monument in Macon is “virtually identical” to the Maya Plain Red pottery.
After suffering from natural disasters and wars and famine, it appears that some Mayans chose to settle in North Georgia as a safe refuge. So, a little before next December 21st – the day the Mayan calendar ends – I might just make a trip up to Blairsville. Not that I think the world is coming to an end, but for the . . . uh . . . scenery.
This discovery may help combine and answer existing questions about structures at Fort Mountain State Park, pottery at the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds and the existence of mound structures throughout the state. This lays to rest my beliefs that the mighty Lumbee Indians were responsible for all of these things.
As an aside, this does not alter my position on illegal immigration. I highly recommend the entire, lengthy, entertaining yet educational story.