The Maya Civilization did NOT mysteriously disappear 1100 years ago!

Virtually, every California-produced TV documentary on the Maya Civilization begins with haunting music and tells you that the Maya cities all “mysteriously” disappeared between 800 and 1000 AD . . . then announces that viewers will be finally told what happened to these cities and their occupants. Yes, Palenque was incinerated by a volcano in 800 AD and almost of all the large cities in the central and southern portions of the Maya realm were abandoned during that period of incessant warfare, but in the forthcoming three videos on Campeche, you will see the magnificent architecture of 19 cities that were occupied from around 500 BC to 1500 AD.

These cities were abandoned in response to an apocalyptic smallpox plague, introduced by the voyages of the Colon (as in Christopher Columbus) brothers. It is known that a significant number of survivors of this plague moved elsewhere. French ethnologists now believe that they relocated to the southern coast of Cuba. Even today, the rural people of the central-south coast of Cuba maintain many Campeche Maya customs, especially in regard to their diets. Most of their meals consist of mixed vegetable-fish or meat stews, which we know in the Southeast as Brunswick Stew!

This is a house near Hopelchen, Campeche, where I spent the night. The house near Labna, Campeche, where Ana Rojas and I stayed for several nights was similar, but was a little larger, coated with white stucco and shaded by the jungle canopy.

Interior of this Campeche Maya house

There was an earlier emigration from Campeche, though. This during the period from 540-600 AD and was caused by and asteroid striking the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Canaveral, FL then a series of major volcanic eruptions in Central America, Mexico and Iceland. Most of Mesoamerica was plunged into decades of cloudy skies, chilly summers and frequent rains. It was the first “collapse” of the Maya Civilization.

A strange thing occurred during this time period in the Nacoochee Valley of Northeast Georgia. A town containing houses, identical to the one above, suddenly appeared on the west side of Kenimer Hill and massive Kenimer Mound. Known to archaeologists as the Eastwood Village Site, it is the earliest known example of post-ditch construction in the Southeast AND of traditional Chickasaw oval houses and oval plazas. Chickasaw houses are identical to traditional Campeche Maya houses. Houses in other sections of the Maya civilization were rectangular. The Eastwood Village was oriented to the Winter Solstice Sunset . . . the azimuth of the first annual day of the Maya calendar.

While wandering through the dirt trails of the eastern Campeche jungle, Ana and I stumbled upon the village of Xkulok. Its layout and orientation was identical to that of the Eastwood Village.

Eastwood Village in the Nacoochee Valley, Georgia
Reconstructed Chickasaw village in Oklahomathe communal building is over-sized, but the same proportions as the communal building at the Eastwood Site.

Now YOU know!

1 Comment

  1. Very interesting and left me speechless! That soup you are referring to we call Ajiaco, it’s a mixture of different meats with vegetables or fish with other seafood. I never understood where it came from but have fond memories of it being made when the whole neighborhood would celebrate something/ festivities everyone would pitch in. The thatched roofs were very common in the country side of Cuba specially the middle to Eastern part, some can still be found. They were round or square. Thank you for sharing that. I had heard of an early migration to Cuba from that area but I didn’t know why or when.

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