Did the Mayans live in Georgia? Yes according to a least some, but others say it's bunk. Now, the story has exploded online. Ruins found in Georgia are similar to ones found in Mayan areas such as Guatemala and Hondorus, but does that mean the Mayans lived and worked in Georgia.
One would not think this could or would cause a stink, but when the original quoted archaeologist calls it bunk, one has to wonder. It's not much of a mystery that Mayan-like ruins would be found anywhere in North America or South America.
The problem arises when one man states rumor as fact. What the difference is that some people take exception to rumors. The whole thing started with a guy, Richard Thorton who writes for Examiner.com.
According to Yahoo, "Richard Thornton thinks so. He says he's an architect by training, but has been researching the history of native people in and around Georgia for years. On Examiner.com, he wrote about an 1,100-year-old archeological site near Georgia's highest mountain, Brasstown Bald, that he said 'is possibly the site of the fabled city of Yupaha, which Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto failed to find in 1540.'"
The man he quoted denies Thornton's claims, but too late! Thornton is making big bucks now lecturing and writing his oral tales. So the true tale here is the new power of the blogger.