Thornton declares that an area near Brasstown Bald is “possibly the site of the fabled city of Yupaha, which Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto failed to find in 1540, and (is) certainly one of the most important archaeological discoveries in recent times.”
Thornton uses Williams’ research on Indian mounds and the studies of archaeologist Johannes Loubser, who excavated the north Georgia site, to bolster his claims.
Williams couldn’t disagree more. “This is total and complete bunk,” Williams wrote on Facebook. “There is no evidence of Maya in Georgia. Move along now.”
Williams’ reaction brought forth legions of bloggers and Internet experts calling him “arrogant” and “dismissive.”It was certainly the latter!
There are some very interesting prehistoric sites in Georgia, but this is the first time I've ever heard it floated that they might be Mayan. I'd wager that Dr. Williams is right: this sounds more like cashing in on the 2012 Maya-mania than a highly probable theory. Nevertheless, here's the article; the author claims he'll answer questions on his website. Maybe I'll ride up there sometime soon and take a look.