15 year old Canadian teenager William Gadoury has been instrumental and responsible for the discovery of a new and previously lost Mayan city in Meso-America, in this article that was seen and shared by so many regular readers here that I cannot possibly mention them all:
This short story can be cited almost in its entirety:
(Newser) – William Gadoury has spent a fifth of his life researching the ancient Maya, and the 15-year-old's effort has just paid off in a big way—with the apparent discovery of a lost city. "I did not understand why the Maya built their cities away from rivers, on marginal lands and in the mountains," the Quebec teen tells the Journal of Montreal. He did, however, know that the Mayans worshiped the stars, so William began comparing constellations to a land map and was "surprised and excited" to find that 117 Mayan cities were mapped out according to the stars, reports Yucatan Living. No one else had ever discovered such a correlation, according to Yucatan Expat Life. Then William noticed that only two Mayan cities lined up to a constellation of three stars, which he believed meant a lost city was hiding in the southern Yucatan Peninsula near Belize.
William informed the Canadian Space Agency, which provided satellite images of the area taken after a forest fire in 2005. They revealed the presence of a 282-foot-tall pyramid, plus 30 other structures. These can "hardly be attributed to natural phenomena," says Dr. Armand LaRocque, an expert in remote sensing at the University of New Brunswick. Based on the images, the city is believed to be one of the five largest in Mayan civilization. William has named it K'àak' Chi' or "Fire Mouth," but hasn't actually seen the site. (Emphasis added)
What I find incredibly interesting here is the scientific manner in which Mr. Gadoury proceeded: (1) he knew of the Mayan fascination with the stars (2) correlated stellar positions with the locations of known Mayan cities (3) noticed alignments of some of those cities with certain stars and constellations (4) noticed there was no known city where there should have been, and (5) predicted there should be a city there, and asked the Canadian Space Agency to look, and, voila. To my knowledge, this is one of the first such uses of the theory of celestial alignments to find a major city, though the theory of celestial alignments has been around for quite some time in the alternative community.
In other words, Mr. Gadoury gets not only the honor and distinction of provisionally naming the city which he predicted and discovered, but he has confirmed a wider theory about ancient cultures and celestial alignments, a theory championed by various alternative researchers, from Thomas Brophy's, Robert Bauval's, Graham Hancock's and other investigators of ancient Egypt, to those who've been invastigating Martian ruins, Moon ruins, and other terrestrial megaplithic sites, including Sir Normal Lockyear and other investigators.
What Mr. Gadoury has done is to provide yet another confirmation that celestial archeo-astronomy and astro-archeology is not a fringe theory of the alternative research community.
It's very real, and in Mr. Gadoury's case,capable of making predictions, and telling us "look here."
So where's the high octane speculation here?
I suggest that it is this: it is only a matter of time until this technique is applied to ancient texts. This is not to say it has not already been done; it has. But I suspect that there is much more lurking in them, and in known archeological sites, that we've only begun to explore. Not the least of these questions is why were the ancients so fascinated, and so determined, to build their sites and temples and cities incorporating such alignments? Of course, academic will answer with the usual "religious" motivations and "arguments from superstitution." But I suspect the reasons are much, much deeper than that, and perhaps very scientifically sophisticated.
See you on the flip side...