Canadian Teen Discovers Lost Maya City Using Ancient Star Maps


William Gadoury, (15)… from Saint-Jean-de-Matha in Lanaudière, developed an interest in archaeology after the publication of the Maya calendar announcing the end of the world in 2012. After spending hours pouring over diagrams of constellations and maps of known Maya cities, he noticed that the two appeared to be linked; the brightest stars of the constellations overlaid perfectly with the locations of the largest Maya cities.

…After studying 22 different constellations, Gadoury noticed that they neatly corresponded to the locations of 117 Mayan cities located in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. When looking at a 23rd constellation, he was able to match two stars to known cities—but a third star remained unmatched. Using transparent overlays, Gadoury pinpointed a location deep in the thick jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.     h/t Ace

  • Cool!

  • vimy

    This could be confirmed pretty quickly with out putting boots on the ground by using the same technology they used to find the second viking settlement or outpost in Newfoundland last summer.

  • G

    When you read the article and the comments of course the twitter assholes must come out to play.

    An anthropolgy professor David Stuart pisses all over it calling it a mess & junk science.
    Fuck off shit stain. You’re simply envious because the kid actually did some …(gasp!) …WORK!
    Face it. You’re an … (snicker) … anthropology professor. It’s not like you’ve ever done research on anything useful.

    Then, in the comments a poster called “Gaetan” writes “I’m proud to be Québécois with a young like William”

    WTF does being a Quebecer have to with archaeology? I guess french Quebecers are so starved for self esteem that they have to grasp at any straw they can.

    Can’t you just say, “fine work young man, good luck in the future” and leave it at that? No you have to find some way to bathe yourself in that tiny bit of reflected glory.

    • FactsWillOut

      What does being a good scientist have to do with being a Jew, for that matter?

  • Alain

    Too bad none of the snowflakes or SJWs are able to do anything worthwhile like this young chap.

  • Ed

    Imagine what the kid could have done if only he’d enrolled in women’s studies!!!

    • Ed

      But wait!!! Could it be??? Is this an example of architectural intersectionality???

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  • Exile1981

    Good for the kid, I hope the idiot “scientists” trying to ignore another inconvenient truth (like lack of global warming maybe) don’t discourage him.

  • Bernie

    Wait… you’ve just discovered a Muzzie City! Send all Muzzies there!

  • xavier

    Bine fait! Wow it’s a nice heart warming story that a keen kid found a lost city. I think he should be invited to the dig and see what’s there.

  • Brett_McS

    Excellent work! Living in well-lit cities we don’t appreciate how significant stars are.

  • Brett_McS

    Looks like it has been doused with cold water by archaeologists. The squares are remnants of corn fields.