The surprise of course is that the culture used abstract ideas for siting their mounds and indirectly their communities. The usual and reasonable assumption of such sites been tied to geography as dominant elsewhere proves completely wrong.
We already know that the South East USA was linked directly to the Maya in much the same way as England was to Virginia. Even that their culture survived contact into the eighteenth century. What is now becoming apparent is the likely extent of this culture in the USA. Again tens of thousands in population.
What i find interesting is the earliest date for coastal occupation. it was 1150 BC. We already know that 1159 BC, a mere decade earlier, saw the demise of the Atlantean trade world both globally but critically in the Atlantic Basin. This meant huge coastal tsunamis.
Thus we are looking at successor populations moving in to take over shell fisheries after this calamity. A thousand years later we hear of the advent of the tale peopels which may well have been part of the Mayan contact.
Recall earlier postings in which i suggested that evacuating Atlanteans including their tall allies in North America may well have traveled to Olmec Mayan country after 1159 BC.
I also suspect that the coast saw minor subsidence as well related to significant subsidence of the Bahama Bank which is as large as France. All this plausibly collapsed a huge population as well. While we are at let us not forget ley lines in Bronze Age Europe.
Were Southeastern towns also sited according to the stars?
And now you know!