Notes on Quotes: Hiking the Arkaquah Trail and Did the Early Maya Come to the Southeast in North America?
“Several Southeastern tribes have long said that their ancestors received immigrants from Mesoamerica and that these immigrants introduced many cultural changes. Far too few anthropologists were listening.” Richard Thornton
As the Maya civilization began to collapse around 800 AD, Maya cities were being deserted. It was a period of great disruption. Drought, volcanic activity, and famine resulted in a severe decline in population of several Maya regions. Scholars have long debated the question, where did they go? Richard Thornton’s book, “Itsapa: The Iza Mayas in North America,” provides an interesting answer. He thinks some of the Maya migrated to Southeastern North America.
Richard Thornton, a Creek Indian, is an architect and city planner, who studied Mesoamerican architecture with ...