Ottawa, Canada (TFC) – One day, it’s reported that a 15 year old Canadian boy discovered a Mayan city using a star map. The next, sources come out attempting to “debunk” the teen’s discovery, or at least its connection with the heavens. Why though, was the academic status quo so quick to mobilize against this story, and that celestial detail?
Countless examples of anonymous monuments and unclaimed megaliths worldwide continue to beckon humanity to a prior age. Thousands have marveled over how such structures were made and for what purpose. Few suggestions seem more taboo, however, than to suggest any correlation between ancient man and the stars. That’s exactly what 15 year old William Gadoury, of Saint Jeen De Matha, did upon putting an idea to the test.
According to the New York Daily News, Gadoury theorized that Mayan pyramids may be directly correlated with the heavens. The guess wasn’t far-fetched, or necessarily original, as similar theorizes, such as the Orion correlation, have arisen around Egypt’s monuments. “I don’t understand why the Mayan built their cities away from rivers”, expressed Gadoury, “on infertile lands and in the mountains.” So, the boy overlaid a map of the Yucatan Peninsula with a modern star map, and there it was. Gadoury found a startling level of congruency between major constellations and where cities were built. In fact, NY Daily News reports, 117 cities fit, as well as one plot previously thought to be void of structures.
“[They] had to have another reason”, Gadoury surmised, “and as they worshipped the stars the idea came to me to verify my hypothesis.” “I realized that the most brilliant stars of the constellations matched with the largest Mayan cities.” One plot landed in the middle of a Belizean jungle, too dense for even the teen to venture. Luckily, satellite imaging courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, and NASA helped grant a god’s-eye-view. What was found amounts to, NY Daily News reports, one of the five largest Mayan cities ever found.
If you’re wondering if researchers are planning a harrowing expedition, sorry to disappoint. Funding problems became almost immediately apparent, and then the skeptics came out. A Washington Post piece published hours after the first reports dismissed Gadoury efforts as “a neat experiment”. Despite being headlined as having “debunked” the findings, the piece actually focused on one narrow facet–the star correlation. It called the correlation between the heavens and over 100 major Mayan cities “random”, even invoking the label “junk science”.
“The Maya area was so densely populated”, says Susan Milbrath, Curator of the Florida Museum of Natural History, “the area looked much like the Ohio valley.” Milbrath and her colleague, Ed Karjack, maintain that because cities were “fairly close together”, the apparent correlation with constellations isn’t so. “At any given point”, she asserts, referencing Gadoury’s star map, “you would likely find an archaeological site.” Milbrath also points out that the Mayan people may not have acknowledged the same constellations as our civilization.
Additionally, although they agree Gadoury’s images show man-made structures, they’re skeptical they’re of Mayan origin. Anthropologist David Stuart, of the University of Texas’ mesoamerica center, reputedly dubbed the story “junk science” in a Facebook post he later deleted.
No one has yet seen the Belizean site first hand and, without mainstream interest, funding will likely remain elusive. Such isn’t unheard of, and similarly hostile stances have been taken regarding the Egyptian pyramids. Writer and journalist Graham Hancock knows this all too well, having worked extensively on ancient civilizations worldwide.
Lecture after Lecture, book after book, Hancock recounts the ability of mainstream academia to mobilize against untouchable discoveries. Water erosion marks on the Sphinx, the Orion correlation, and other model shattering concepts are isolated and burned in an academic inquisition. Due to their implications, such things are sometimes dismissed before researchers even inquire themselves.
One of the more significant discoveries Graham’s been vocal about revolves around an Indonesian megalithic site. Gunung Padang, of Indonesia’s Java province, has been known since the early 20th century. Though dated at around 2500 years old by archaeologists, compelling geological work shows it may reach back as far as 20,000 years. Additionally, geologist Dr. Danny Hilman suggests the massive hill, atop which sits the known site, is actually a man-made pyramid.
Dr. Hilman, Daily Mail reports, suspects the site may have been significant for worship, or astronomy. Such a find could rewrite human history, as we assume disorganized hunter-gathers existed around that time. Archeologists dismissed this find and, eventually, work was halted on the site until further notice.
The Mayans are also known to have held significance in the stars and their movements, as evidenced by their calendar. The Mayan calendar, which grew a lot of attention for it’s ending on December 21st 2012, is actually considered more accurate than our own. With uncanny precision, it’s able to predict when a solstice will end or a harvest moon will rise hundreds of years in the future, or the past. Off the calendar’s existence alone, calling a correlation between the stars and Mayan city’s “random” becomes rather dubious.
“They [archaeologists] have a reference frame that they work through”, Hancock explained during an RT interview. “That reference frame becomes their definition of reality, and they find it very difficult to accept alternative points of view.” In exploring this facet, Hancock makes reference to numerous scientific discoveries, such as a heliocentric solar system or evolution, initially heckled by an academic mainstream. “I don’t think it’s any kind of a conspiracy”, says Hancock to RT, believing this to be a much more natural reaction to new information. That being said, is the near instantaneous pushback against these Mayan findings of any surprise to anyone?