A kid from Quebec named William Gadoury recently discovered a long lost ancient Mayan city — and he’s only 15!
Gadoury says he used a combination of photographs from the Canadian Space Agency, astronomy software and Google Earth to search for a city that, according to Mayan record, should exist but that nobody had found yet.
The remote location is within the impenetrable Central American forest, where historic ruins tell a story of a city that time forgot. While it’s not entirely certain whether the discovery is a re-hash of any recent discoveries, the fact remains that this child’s use of modern technology and classical astronomy is nothing less than stellar.
Carrying a strong interest of the ancient Mayan civilization, Gadoury analysed 22 constellations from Mayan texts found that the Mayans aligned their 117 cities with the positions of the stars. That’s when he realized that there was a city missing as there was a recorded star within one of the constellations that had no known city attached.
In the eureka moment of his conceptual discovery, Gadoury used Google Earth and a little bit of math to pinpoint where the city should be according to the texts and stars, and found a strange object showing up.
Deep in a Bosnian forest, a man made a discovery of epic proportions — literally!
This strange giant sphere has begun to ignite controversy when a researcher, archaeologist Semir Osmanagich, asserted that it might actually be real hard evidence of some sort of ancient civilization, estimating the cannon ball looking sphere to have a diameter of seven to ten feet, made of high iron content, and weighing more than 30 tons.
Osmanagich happens to be a highly controversial and heavily debated figure in the archaeological community, so it’s no surprise he would get blowback for his theories about the ball. He claims this finding is one of several near the town of Zavidovici, Bosnia, also claiming that there are as many as 80 of them, or were possibly at one time in the past. He also says this could be the biggest of the spheres in Europe.
Other experts are less impressed. They seem to think that it’s merely a result of natural geological processes. One such sphere was emulated for the film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and was based on stones that were found in Costa Rica, residing in four excavation sites. These spheres have only been known to be around 8 feet tops.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says the meaning and purpose of these spheres is largely unknown and often debated in the community. A chair of the department of anthropology at the University of Kansas and an expert on the Costa Rican spheres, John Hoopes, told FoxNew that Osmanagich’s sphere looks natural, though the spheres in Costa Rica are definitely man-made.
How can he be so sure? Once the sphere is completely dug out of the protruding land mass in which it was found, we’ll have a lot more information..
Central Mexico’s Teotihuacan contains some of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas — and one of them has a river of mercury leading to something interesting… and DISCO BALLS!
Mexican researcher Sergio Gómez announced in August 2015 that he had uncovered more than just random interesting artifacts in his excavation under the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan, Mexico — he found a chamber containing a vat of mercury that seems to lead somewhere important.
Besides the jade statues, jaguar remains, a box filled with carved shells and rubber balls, archaeologists also discovered quite a bit of mica set up in various ways, presumably to use as mirrors. Annabeth Headreck, a professor at the University of Denver and the author of works on Teotihuacan and Mesoamerican art explained to The Guardian that mirrors were considered a method of looking into the supernatural world.
“They were a way to divine what might happen in the future. It could be a sort of river, albeit a pretty spectacular one. [Liquid mercury was] somewhat magical … for ritual purposes or symbolic purposes. I wish I could understand all the things these guys are finding down there, but it’s unique and that’s why it’s hard.”
Headreck’s puzzlement isn’t totally surprising. During an excavation in 2013, the archaeological dig used a camera-equipped robot which found strange, enigmatic mirrored spheres resembling “disco balls”.
“They look like yellow spheres, but we do not know their meaning. It’s an unprecedented discovery,” claimed Jorge Zavala, archaeologist from Mexico’s National Anthropology and History Institute.