Link between Creek Mounds to Maya Math
International team of anthropologists link pentagonal Creek mounds to Maya math
A documentary for public television is currently being filmed in Georgia that explores the movements between South America, Mesoamerica and the Southeast of domesticated plants, cultural ideas and people. The project began in December 2012 at the ruins of the Maya city of Chichen Itza at the time of the recycling of the Maya calendar.
The program is unique because participants include a team of scholars from Europe, South America and North America. One of the participants worked with archaeologist Johannes Loubser on a site in South America. Loubser briefly surveyed the Track Rock Gap terrace complex in the Georgia Mountains during 2001.
Before, during and after filming segments the team interacts, often creating the script as filming progresses. By sharing knowledge gained from their own professional experiences, new understandings of mankind’s past develop.
On April 3, 2013 the cast visited several archaeological sites in Georgia’s famous Nacoochee Valley. It is located at the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River between the remnants of ancient volcanoes and the Blue Ridge Mountains. All of those invited to that particular day’s filming met first for lunch at the Unicoi State Park Lodge at Anna Ruby Falls. Several languages (including Canadian, eh?) floated back and forth across the long dinner table. It was here, that film director, Antara Brandner, finalized the questions to be asked the team in front of the camera.
Much of the other conversation at the luncheon focused on the visit by some of the group to the nearby Track Rock terrace complex ruins during the previous week. They complained about the many trees that had been cut down by the U.S. Forest Service to block the trail. An archaeologist from Europe asked the group why the United States government is allowing the ruins to be destroyed by trees and vines growing up within the ancient stone walls. One of the diners, who is on a United Nations commission, suggested that mentioning the on-going travesty before the United Nations might humiliate officials in Washington, DC into taking action.
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