Next on POOF: Did Priests from eastern Peru guide the creation of the Hopewell Culture and several astronomical sites in the Southeast?
In Part Two of our linguistic journey through time, the evidence for trans-Atlantic contacts tapers out, while influences from Pará (Upper Amazon Basin and Andes Foothills) becomes profound. The oldest known Hopewell Style pottery is NOT in Ohio, but in a town site at the confluence of the Apalachicola and Cipola Rivers in the Florida Panhandle! I found a north-south line of Eastern Peruvian place names that extends to eastern Ohio which was the heartland of the Hopewell Culture. On the line that runs north from the mouth of the Apalachicola River are (1) Kolomoki Mounds, (2) the Mandeville site where the oldest Swift Creek pottery was unearthed, (3) the Singer-Moye town site, which is aligned to the Pleiades, (4) a former stone complex on top of Kennesaw Mountain (5) the Ladd’s Mountain Observatory near Etowah Mounds and several other mountaintop shrines.
As many of you know, the Hopewell Earthworks are almost identical to the geometric earthworks in eastern Peru and western Brazil. However, they either predate or are contemporary with the Hopewell Culture. All of these apparent Peruvian connections began shortly after the Paracusa People were driven out of their homeland on the coast of northwestern Peru. Several different Peruvian and Amazonian peoples subsequently ended up in the Southeast over the next few centuries. Wouldn’t you like to have a time machine?
Oh did I mention that Eastern Indian Corn and all commercial varieties of corn grown today in the United States are descended from a hybrid corn, developed by the indigenous peoples of Peru . . . not the aboriginal corn of Mexico?
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