Wobblehead Extensions, Crowfoots and Mayan Ruins in Georgia

Good morning readers. I’m grateful you’re here reading this cold morning.

Every time we think we’ve got things figured out and can make pronouncements to one another without fear of someone making a counter-pronouncement back at us with any danger of validity this seems to happen.  Some smarty-pants academian digs around where he’s got no business being and spang finds something to cut us off at the knees.

In this instance it’s fairly solid physical evidence a Mayan city once thrived in the otherwise non-Mayan and feet-implanted-in-the-ground US state of Georgia.  The offending pointee-headed guy with the cheek to find it doesn’t even have the courtesy to be a US academian who can be bludgeoned by grant money and sneers from his peers to shut the hell up about it and not go around shaking and rattling previous pronouncements.

1,100-year-old Mayan ruins found in North Georgia http://tinyurl.com/d5gwjpq

When evidence began to turn up of Mayan connections to the Georgia site, South African archeologist Johannes Loubser brought teams to the site who took soil samples and analyzed pottery shards which dated the site and indicated that it had been inhabited for many decades approximately 1000 years ago. The people who settled there were known as Itza Maya, a word that carried over into the Cherokee language of the region.

The city that is being uncovered there is believed to have been called Yupaha, which Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto searched for unsuccessfully in 1540. So far, archeologists have unearthed “at least 154 stone masonry walls for agricultural terraces, plus evidence of a sophisticated irrigation system and ruins of several other stone structures.” Much more may still be hidden underground.

A good level-headed other good US scholar took a more level-headed approach to the finds:

UPDATE: Raw Story contacted another UGA Scientist, Dr. B. T. Thomas of the Department of Environmental Science, who indicated that, while it is unlikely that the Mayan people migrated en masse from Central America to settle in what is now the United States, he refused to characterize Thornton’s conclusions as “wrong,” stating that it is entirely possible that some Mayans and their descendants migrated north, bringing Mayan building and agricultural techniques to the Southeastern U.S. as they integrated with the existing indigenous people there.

He didn’t go on to say what needs saying.  Namely that the South African guy needs to go home and  tend his own affairs.  There’s plenty of digging to be done in Africa and plenty of good US academians capable of handling any digging needs doing here.  And most especially the South African guy needs to be kept away from the copper artifacts found in Florida and Georgia in other mounds that bear a strong similarity to Aztec artifacts in Mexico.

We don’t need any guys running around in pickup trucks drinking beer and talking about Mayan calendars.  Things are already complicated enough.

Which brings me to crowfoots and wobblehead extensions.  I borrowed Little Red yesterday and went into Kerrville.  I spent a goodly while hanging around in the AutoZone store picking the brains of guys in bib overalls with grease under their fingernails.

Those wobblehead extensions offer a new lease on life for the hope of getting the starter off the Communist Toyota.  The crowfoots might be helpful getting the new one back on.  Not pictured here, but also new to  the anti-Japanese engineering arsenal is a mirror that swivels at the end of a telescoping handle for looking into places nobody ever intended them to be looked into.

Old Jules

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22 responses to “Wobblehead Extensions, Crowfoots and Mayan Ruins in Georgia

  1. I’m about to read the article. Love things like this. Thanks.

  2. Maybe that city under the red Georgia soil is the lost city of Atlantis

    • DizzyDick: The folk who believe in Atlantis already think Atlantis is somewhere else. Maybe when those die off the Georgia place will get to be Atlantis. Thanks for stopping by. Jules

  3. WOW! From one of the linked to articles.
    “For the most part, however, the stone ruins remained outside the public consciousness.” Seems it still remains there.

    I don’t recall seeing this before but that doesn’t mean anything. Why did the Georgia guy hire the feller from SA? This throw a wrench into the works it seems.

    Wobbly’s are a super tool What’s important as well is the knurled part so you can maybe turn it with your fingers if it’s reachable. Good luck.

    -6 this morning

    • Morning One Fly: Hope things are going well up your way and you’re staying warm. I dunno why. Maybe he was plagued by the kind of self-doubt likely to result if one of his US peers coughed up some spear-carrying word like ‘Atlantis’ loaded up with enough baggage so’s to not require any further repudiation of whatever emerged.

      Glad to hear about the Wobblies. Speaking of which, it’s also a word used to be applied to the International Workers of the World. One of the early 20th Century unions that got squashed by the Red scares of the time. Maybe the Chinese are trying to undermine good American tom-toolery by naming it that, as well as foiling the Japanese engineers by making something that works. Gracias, Jules

  4. I recall once being given a couple of sockets with the wobbly joint built into them. Some unknown person stole them from me, and I would have gladly traded any number of more expensive tools to get them back.

    I recall reading about some mounds and stuff in Georgia and a few other places, seeming to cover extensive building projects no one could explain. This would be the first time someone directly linked them to Mayans, though.

    • Hi Ed. The customers at AutoZone who appeared to be hands-on honest-to-goodness mechanics expressed a lot of affection for them. When it warms up enough to allow it I’ll be giving them a try.

      I’d never heard of any Mayan ruins in Georgia, either, but the mounds are widespread and they’ve found a couple of copper plate-like artifacts, one in Florida, another in Georgia, carrying a strong similarity to the Aztec diety, Ehecatl.

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d7/EtowahGeorgiaCopperplate.png/220px-

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etowah_Indian_Mounds

      http://www.crystalinks.com/aztecgods.html

      Those Aztecs arrived in the Valley of Mexico in a major migration from somewhere to the north about a century before the arrival of Cortez. Concurrently the Mound Builders in Florida, Georgia and along the Mississippi were busy vanishing to somewhere.

      Certainly that coincidence doesn’t represent any degree of proof one was the same as the other, but there’s a huge body of ‘not known’ about the northern folk who liked to build mounds including why they vanished and where they went.

      Thanks for the visit. Jules

  5. Most interesting stuff. Thanks for posting.
    And best wishes to you for the holidays and new year.

  6. As this country was settled the mound builders were known about. Because the mounds did not reach the stature so to speak of Mayan’s/Incas that in itself was a big part of the rational used for the extermination of Native Americans. I think it went like they learned on the mounds here and then moved way south and made the others – thus the Indians present in the 1800′s were not the same or on the same scale so it was okay to kill them/

  7. It seems to me it would make more sense to attach car parts with big snaps. Just sayin’

    • ejalvey: If one of the goals involved making sense a lot of things might be different than they are. Glad for your visit. Have yourself just the kinda one you wish on you. Gracias, Jules

  8. I can’t imagine how you find the time for unearthing such interesting topics but I enjoy reading them. Food for thought.

    • LCTC!: I’m blessed with some friends who know my interests and send me links when they come across them, and I websearch on a wide range of topics. I don’t recall on this one how I arrived there. Glad you enjoyed it though. Gracias, Jules

  9. I saw that about Georgia, amazing stuff! Explains the ‘temple mound’ in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a bit better too I think. Perhaps not quite so Seminole now, hmm?

    I have a bit of ‘tool drool’ going on. I’d like both of those under my tree, too!

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  11. There is gold in that part of Georgia and gold was what Cortez was looking for. The Central American Indians had gold as well. Apparently Cortez had heard of the Georgia settlement but couldn’t locate it. We all know what Cortez was looking for, gold.

    • Anon: Yeah, Georgia did have a little gold rush early on in the history of European settlement. Someone found a 150 pound nugget under a foot of mud in a creek bottom there sometime during the ninties, also. Metal detector picked it up. I hadn’t put that together. Gracias, Jules

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