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News Link #38
April 19, 2013
Newly discovered port in Vera Cruz has
architectural features found at Ocmulgee National Monument and Track
During the late 1930s Gringo archaeologists were baffled by a cluster of
small round structures with no hearths on the west side of the Great
Temple Mound at Ocmulgee National Monument and several large round
structures on the other end of the Great Plaza that did have hearths.
The latter structures were up to 15 meters in diameter. Ocmulgee was
founded around 900 AD.
During 2012 archaeologists with the INAH in Mexico were also baffled by
several round structures on the west side of the main temple at the
newly discovered Tabucu, Vera Cruz site. Three smaller ones had no
hearths and were 2.5 meters in diameter. A single large circular
structure had a hearth and was 15 meters in diameter. Tabuco's buildings
were first constructed around 900 AD.
In early 2013 Maya specialists at the INAH came to the rescue. The small
round structures were private shrines built by guilds of Putun (Chontal)
Maya merchants. The large round foundation with a hearth at the center
was a cone-shaped folk temple built to the god, Kukulkan (Quetzalcoatl)
who among other things was the patron god of Maya merchants and the
The Great Spiral Pyramid at Xochitecatl, Mexico was dedicated to the god
of the wind. The Great Spiral Mound at Ocmulgee National Monument was
the home of the priesthood of the Creek Wind Clan. Are we beginning to
see a pattern?
This past week the Institutio Nacional de Antropologia Y Historia
announced that they had definitely found for the first time a Chontal
Maya port facility on the Tuxpan River and Gulf of Mexico. People south
of this port on the Tuxpan River spoke Totonac. People on the north side
of the river spoke dialects of Maya. Maya and Totonac words predominate
in the Creek languages for words having to do with agriculture,
architecture and government. Are we beginning to see a pattern?
In interested in reading more,
Dang, we are on a roll!
Richard Thornton, Editor