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Mayas In Georgia

History Channel H2 airs second program on “Mayas In Georgia” Astounded by the popularity of the premier of the new History Channel H2 series, “America Unearthed,” network executives decided to take viewers back to Georgia and...

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When Arawaks Came to North America

Forensic geologists and Native American scholars are opening the flood gates of new knowledge about North America’s past. What they are discovering is that what is now the Southeastern United States was a melting pot for at least 1000 years. Much of the proof has also been available for a long time . . . 16th century archives left by French and Spanish explorers, plus a stone tablet discovered over century ago near Atlanta, GA. The Taino and South American place names were in these old texts. Some of them are still in use today. Until recently, though, no one ever stopped to investigate the origins of such words that were within what was thought to be the original territory of the Creek Indians, but not Creek words.

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Genocide of the Wahale People

In early 2006, while converting the sketches made by the archaeologists of the American Museum of Natural History at St. Catherines Island, GA into precise architectural drawings, I made an amazing discovery. In 1587 a Spanish military engineer had used the exact same words to describe the houses of the Wahale People on the coast of Georgia (Guale) as Lt. Henry Timberlake, a British officer, had used to describe the houses in the Cherokee town of Tomatly on the Little Tennessee River in the Smoky Mountains during 1763. Both military officers said that the houses were rectangular, had three rooms and were finished by a type of stucco made from burnt shell lime, white clay, crushed shells and fine sand. This was the origin of the famous tabby architecture of the Southeastern coast.

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Mysterious Bohuron Tribe in Northeast Georgia

While doing research for the Native American history of Jackson County, GA, I stumbled across extensive references to an “Indian” tribe that Anglo-American settlers called the Bohuran, Bouran, Bouharon or Bouharen. French colonial maps in the 1700s call them the Bemarin. I can find absolutely no mention of them in major Georgia historical sources, but they definitely existed. Most of the information came from “The Early History of Jackson County, GA by G. J. N. Wilson (published 1818) or from brief French colonial sources. Here is what we know so far.

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Nodoroc and Wakulla Mud Volcanoes

The Nodoroc and Wakulla Mud Volcanoes
Also, the mysterious Wog monster that lived in the Nodoroc!

Barrow County, GA is the location of the infamous Nodoroc. Barrow is in the northeastern portion of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. The former Wakulla Volcano is located in Wakulla County, FL on the Gulf Coast.

The Nodoroc today is primarily an area of bluish, quick-mud, about 250 feet in diameter. It can quickly swallow a human or animal. The Nodoroc is an extremely dangerous place to visit and still claims deer, coyotes, wild dogs or feral hogs from time to time.

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Giant, Carved Stone Balls in the Georgia and South Carolina Mountains

Last October a woman called me from Ohio, who claimed to be an anthropology professor, specializing in forensic botany. She told me that while on a plant-hunting expedition in northeast Georgia late last summer, she and her man-friend had discovered two giant stone balls that were very ancient, incised with Mesoamerican motifs, and perfectly round. She would not tell me what university she taught at. She then sent me an email with read-only photos attached that disappeared in 24 hours. AOL would not save the email because of the embedded self-destruction file. Needless to say, I was very suspicious that this was yet one more hoax. That is why I didn’t mention the communication until this week.

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What you never knew about the Lost Roanoke Colony

Would you believe that in the past week, we have discovered in the Georgia Colonial archives a very unusual “Indian” tribe that occupied the region immediately south of the Nacoochee Valley in northern Georgia, up until the American Revolution? It was defeated by the Tallasee Creeks, living north of Athens, GA, in 1770 and thereafter absorbed into the Creek Confederacy. What’s so unusual about this tribe? It had a French or Spanish name. All of the recorded names of its leaders and their wives were Portuguese, Spanish or Sephardic Jewish names. Now THAT changes the history books. These are some of the surprising facts that you will learn in the two part series cited below.

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