A Dec. 21 article at examiner.com claims that there is a sophisticated irrigation system, stone masonry walls and and ruins of other stone structures. Though the site has been investigated and crews have been there for years, shared research, rather than hoarded information was instrumental in Cary Waldrup’s conclusion presented to the People of One Fire Alliance in July, 2011.
In fact, Mark Williams of UGA and Director of the Lamar Institute surveyed Kenimer Mound, in the Nacoochee Valley in 1999. Though he found that the 5-sided pyramidal mound, which Sautee residents assumed was a wooded hill, is actually partially sculpted out of an existing hill and then sculpted to its final form. Architecturally, very much like Maya construction. He was, however, unable to determine the builders.
Got sent around Facebook last week, but I knew little about the site, although I vaguely (very vaguely) recall hearing about it at some point. At the moment, I’m trying to open up a PDF of the archaeologist’s although it’s still churning as I write this (there’s a link to it at the site). (Update: well, it just timed out so no paper; y’all can try yourselves here and I’ll give it another shot tomorrow).
I suppose I’m not entirely averse to the idea of some Maya wandering up thisaway, though one wonders what happened to the people already in the area. We shall have to see.