Did Zoque refugees bring the Olmec Civilization to the Appalachians or did the Olmec Civilization begin in Georgia?
We are finding ancient, ornately carved rock art in the Soque Valley, unlike anything else in North America.
Here is a heads up for you! Not only are we finding Olmec Civilization-style ballcourts in Northeast Georgia, but we have also identified large rock carvings that are very similar to those in and around the earliest occupation phases of Tres Zapotes in southern Vera Cruz and the embryonic Maya site of Izapa in Chiapas. They are unlike anything else in North America.
The oldest mounds in Georgia are over 2500 years older than the oldest mounds in Mexico. However, what is especially intriguing is that the people in Tres Zapotes, unlike the other “Olmec Civilization” urban centers, built OVAL mounds like those Georgia. However, construction of the oval mounds in Georgia began much earlier than those in Tres Zapotes. Georgia also had pottery for over 1500 years before it appeared in Vera Cruz. So the assumption that advanced culture traveled with immigrants from Vera Cruz to Georgia may not be valid. It could very well be that the newcomers, who introduced pottery, ball courts and rock carving to Mexico, CAME FROM GEORGIA. This would explain why Maya traders would know that a land, rich is valuable minerals, existed to the north and later, Maya commoners would flee to that region when life became unbearable. The sudden, massive influx of Itzas occurred around 1000 AD.
This weekend, we will be photographing a rock engraving on the eastern end of the Nacoochee Valley. At this moment I am waiting permission from the property owners to take high resolution photographs of a large stela overlooking the Soque River, south of Clarkesville, GA. When I get these images on my computer screen, I will begin to make more sense of them. They seem to contain an unknown writing system. We have seen it before on a stone slab, unearthed by archaeologist Robert Wauchope, 30 feet from the tomb of Eleanor Dare.
Superficial TV documentaries have given Americans many misconceptions about the Olmec Civilization. It was labeled “Olmec” in the 1940s by Gringo archaeologist, Matthew Stirling. When in the 1950s, radiocarbon dating clearly proved that the Olmecs arrived in the region about a thousand years after the famous “Olmec Stone Heads” were created, Mexican archaeologists didn’t not have the cultural confidence to override the false labeling of this civilization, so went along with the original name.
The “Olmec Civilization” did not “mysteriously disappear” as many TV documentaries have told you! The large city of La Venta stopped building mounds around 400 BC, but other cities, such as Tres Zapotes, continued to evolve. The “Olmec writing system” did not appear until around 100 AD! However, there was an earlier and different writing system, with artistic symbols identical to those found in the art of Etowah Mounds, which dates much earlier – perhaps coinciding with the arrival of pottery around 900 BC. Between around 200 AD and 900 AD, the Olmec region was a part of the Maya Civilization, but it continued to evolve after many Lowland Maya cities were abandoned.
Several distinct ethnic groups lived in the “Olmec” Civilization. As early as around 1700 BC, people, who looked like the Lowland Mayas were making great advances in agriculture, but not building large mounds or carving stone. A new people arrived around 1200 BC, who looked like Polynesians or Samoans and liked to carved enormous human heads of themselves. Another people introduced pottery and mound-building around 900 BC. These people were taller and wore mustaches like the Creeks in Georgia. After around 400 BC, Highland Mayas moved into the region, their architecture was a little different than the architecture of earlier peoples. They also introduced trade with other parts of the Americas.
After I have a chance to closely analyze photos of the newly discovered rock carvings from the Soque and Sautee Valleys, POOF readers will get to see photographs and videos of these extraordinary archaeological sites.
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