Lost Mayan City Found: Teen Beats NASA Using Only Star Maps

Mayan city

A 15-year-old French Canadian boy apparently discovered the remains of a lost Mayan City. William Gadoury from Quebec, Canada utilised ancient astronomy and modern geographical tracking technology to locate the forgotten Mayan city hidden in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

In  2014, Gadoury proposed his award-winning theory that the Mayans chose their building sites corresponding to the most brilliant stars of the constellations during a science fair in Quebec. Using radar images provided by the Canadian Space Agency, Gadoury located the Mayan city on Google Earth, showing a Mayan pyramid with several smaller structures around it.

“I did not understand why the Maya built their cities away from rivers, on marginal lands and in the mountains,” explains Gadoury. “They had to have another reason, and as they worshiped the stars, the idea came to me to verify my hypothesis.”

Mayan city

William Gadoury. Credit: Canadian Space Agency

The young boy named the city as K’aak Chi or Mouth of Fire. If the photos are verified,  K’aak Chi would be one of the largest Mayan population sites ever found.

Gadoury has been awarded a medal of merit by the Canadian Space Agency for this theory and  discovery. Other scientists were very impressed that a revolutionary discovery has been made by someone so young.

“What is fascinating about the project of William is the depth of the research,” remarks Canadian Space Agency’s Daniel De Lisle. “Linking the position of the stars and the location of the lost city and the use of satellite images on a tiny territory to identify the remains buried under dense vegetation is exceptional!”

Gadoury wishes to see K’aak Chi  personally. However, experts admit that reaching the Mayan city will not be easy and could possibly be very expensive as it is actually one of the most isolated and distant areas of Mexico. “It’s always about money,” says Armand LaRocque, a specialist at the University of New Brunswick. “Expedition costs are horribly expensive.”

Gadoury will present the discovery in 2017 at Brazil’s International Science Fair. Moreover, the findings will also be published in a scientific journal.

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