Skip to comments.Breaking down the mythical 'Mayan city' discovery
Posted on 05/11/2016 3:12:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin
We're all suckers for a great story, and "Teen finds lost Mayan city" definitely sounds promising. Throw in some ancient cosmology, a little help from the Canadian Space Agency and some satellite sleuthing, and the movie offers practically write themselves. Sadly, the reality may not be as cinematic as promised.
Experts say the "city" found by Canadian teen William Gadoury could be something much simpler: Abandoned fields.
This whole archaeological kerfuffle started as a tantalizing possibility: Gadoury, 15, says he used Mayan constellation patterns to pinpoint ruins of a heretofore unknown ancient Mayan city. The Canadian Space Agency helped him out and provided satellite imagery of the site, which was cross-referenced with images from Google Maps. The results seemed to show squarish areas and clusters of what could be structures.
The result was catnip for science and history lovers. The Journal de Montreal first published the findings on May 7, and dozens of articles soon followed, breathlessly recounting the discovery of the "lost city."
Alas, once the story got big enough, anthropologists and archaeologists specializing in Mesoamerican studies began pouring some cold water on it.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
I discussed this yesterday as being a lot of crap on the kid’s part and the accolades. Kinda like the Muslim kid with the clock.
Don’t pay him any Mayan.
Oh, too bad. I was hoping this story was real. They’re still verifying it. This story would make a fine adventure movie.
Sort of a pre-teen Indiana Jones. Whoever landed the role of the student would be set for a franchise, as was the boy who acted in Harry Potter movies.
he gives us all the finger when he first touches the map...lol! nothing there to see except for a clearing or two, maybe an old building lot...
I didn’t know his name before. His surname looks like a name a muslim would have. Wonder if the tie-in will be with the story that the “founders” of astronomy were muslims.
Sounds like a “maybe, maybe not” argument.
A quick flight by a plane would settle whether it’s a fallow field for a few hundred bucks.
“Canadian teen William Gadoury”......
My guess he is more French than some “muzzie”.
Still, a bright kid.
The person quoted in the story is more accurately paraphrased as “We should do more investigation before making a definitive claim.”
Was Jimmy Hoffa there? Or Obamalamadingdong’s manliness.
Nah, my 6 year old could have taken a clock apart and screwed it into a briefcase. He couldn’t have created a theory about Mayan ruin locations. Even being totally wrong, the Canadian kid at least was able to think about something, come up with a theory, contact people to get sat pics, etc. The Canadian kid is a lot smarter than clock boy.
Muslim clock boy. Mayan crock boy.
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