Friday, May 13, 2016

5/13/16 Report - How To Find Lost Cities. New Technology To Analyze Metals and Artifacts. 16th and 17th Century Voyages Documented.

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Google Maps Image Showing Evidence of Lost Maya City.
Source: see link below.

William Gadoury, 15, was fascinated by the ancient Central American civilization and spent hours poring over diagrams of constellations and maps of known Mayan cities.

And then he made a startling realisation: the two appeared to be linked...

After he discovered that the location of Maya cities corresponded to the position of the brightest stars in the constellations, he searched Google Maps to see if there were undiscovered cities where the stars indicated they should be.  He found one which now bears his name.

Here is the link for more about that.


Interesting what you can do from your arm chair these days if you make good use of the technologies and do a lot of research.


Here is a great digital book that you can read online.  It includes descriptions of  16th and 17th century voyages, about half of which were originally published before 1600 in a single volume as well as other added works.  It is Voyages and Travels Mainly During the 16th and 17th Centuries with an introduction by Charles Beazley.


Recently I mentioned that gold and other precious metals can be scientifically analyzed to determine the original source of the gold.  Captain Jonah told me that a local pawn shop was now using technology that can analyze items and tell you the percentage of copper, silver and gold in an item.  I looked into the recent technologies and learned that there are portable devices that can tell you even more than that about the composition of items.  This new technology employs x-ray flourescence.  If you want to see a video showing a demonstration of how it works, click here.


I found a very technical scientific monograph on the internet about testing ancient metals.   The title is Analysis of Ancient Metals, International Series of Monographs on Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 19.  It is very difficult to read unless you are a chemist and will tell you much more than you ever wanted to know, but you might find some of the procedures interesting and the explanation of various problems and the difficulty of getting good accurate samples.  Click on the title to go directly to the monograph.


We'll have a very smooth surf today and through this weekend.

Happy hunting,