This Teen Discovered An Ancient Mayan City By Studying The Stars

05.10.16 2 years ago 6 Comments


Remember when you were little and you’d obsess over things? Things like Pokemon cards or My Little Pony? Maybe you remember doing everything you could to soak up all of the Transformers knowledge out there. Over time, though, you probably moved on… at least a little. Kids ultimately get caught up in the complex social worlds of high school or D&D. Obsessions change and interests diversify.

What if your obsessions weren’t fruitless, though? What if, while you were still young, you realized something profound which actually contributed to that knowledge pool? Enter William Gadoury, a 15-year-old student from Saint-Jean-de-Matha in Lanaudière, Quebec.

The kid obsessed, like most of us once did, except instead of drawing Optimus Prime’s new sidekick, he discovered a new city using ancient star maps. NBD.

The clever teen has been studying all things Mayan for several years, devouring any information he came across. During his research, he looked at 22 Mayan constellations and found out that if he projected those constellations onto a map, the shapes corresponded perfectly with the locations of 117 Mayan cities. Pretty cool discovery for a 15-year-old, right? It gets better.

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