Itza Maya Pedigree of Eagle Man
In the premier of the History Channel’s series, America Unearthed, esteemed Mexican archaeologist, Alfonso Morales, smiled like a Cheshire cat then pointed to the similarities between a stone bas relief at the Maya city of Chichen Itza and a copper breast plate found in the state of Georgia. The clues in this breast plate extend far beyond its artistic form.
Left unsaid by the television program is that several copper breast plates portraying a man wearing an eagle feather cloak have been found in North America. Most were discovered at Ocmulgee National Monument or Etowah Mounds National Landmark in Georgia, but they have also been found in other archaeological zones such as Cahokia Mounds National Landmark in southern Illinois. The “Eagle Man” is also a common subject for shell gorgets found in the lower Southeastern United States and Mississippi River Basin. Most are very similar to the copper plates in design. A few examples of the “Eagle Man” on painted pottery have also been discovered.
The accoutrements of this famous Eagle Man could have long ago pointed to a direct connection between the Muskogean mound builders and the Itza Mayas, but alas . . . no one thought about looking at the details.
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The evidence was there all along!
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