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Teenager Finds Large 'Ball' in Woods, May Have Uncovered Ancient City

Sometimes it seems like everything on land has already been discovered. But all it really takes is one piece of evidence to remind us all the world is incredibly old, large and undiscovered. One archaeologist, Donald Blakeslee believes a teenager in Kansas has found the lost city of Etzanoa.

If the facts are correct, sixteen-year-old Adam Ziegler could have found evidence of the largest Native American settlement in the United States. This is the site where the Spanish fought a battle with the Native Americans. Blakesless said, "The Spaniards were amazed by the size of Etzanoa. They said it would take two or three days to walk through it all."

Ziegler asked Blakeslee to borrow his metal detector. While walking through the woods, he found a large ball - which turned out to be one of the balls from the Spanish cannons. In the past other tools and pottery have been found in the area. All these items together point to the existence of Etzanoa.

According to Blakeslee the only information recorded about Etzanoa comes from Juan de Onate, who carried out an expedition in 1601, leading a party into the Great Plains in search of gold. His expedition came across approximately 300 to 400 native Americans. Onate called them striped ones, or 'Rayados' because of their tribal body paint and tattoos.

However, over time the city completely fell off the map. With the help of this new evidence, they could dig up the ground to find further proof and create a historical site dedicated to the lost city. Many people added comments such as:

"There's still quite a bit of archaeological work yet to be done in the USA. I was taught next to nothing about the Native Americans in high school history. Nothing at all about how much of the Hispanic population in the southwest were Mestizo, the progeny of the Spanish Conquistadors and Native Americans, and were here before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Nothing at all about the rich art and culture of the Pueblo indians. We still know little of the major cities of the Native Americans, e.g. Cahokia."

Source: Mail Online
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