Itsapa: the Itza Mayas in North America
It is one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries ever in North America. All evidence suggests that Itza Maya farmers took refuge here after volcanoes and drought devastated their homeland. Around the year 1000 AD, Native Peoples built at least 200 stone masonry terraces up a 700 feet high mountain slope near the State of Georgia’s highest mountain. The acropolis of the site contains the ruins of buildings, animal effigies a pyramidal altar and complex hydrological structures. The book contains 350 color photographs and computer-generated virtual reality images; most by the author. The Second Edition adds newly discovered information about possible mining expeditions in the Southeast by the Mayas. Richard Thornton is the national architecture and Native American history columnist for the Examiner, and in 2009 was the architect of Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial in Tulsa. He has studied Mesoamerican architecture in Mexico.
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