Forgotten Mayan city ‘discovered’ in Central America by 15-year-old

William Gadoury made a link between the location of Mayan cities and the civilization’s major constellations.

A 15-year-old boy believes he has discovered a forgotten Mayan city using satellite photos and Mayan astronomy.

View of the ancient 'Valley of the Warriors' in Chiapas, Southern Mexico, which has recently been shown to be the largest pyramidal acropolis in Meso-America.

View of the ancient ‘Valley of the Warriors’ in Chiapas, Southern Mexico, which has recently been shown to be the largest pyramidal acropolis in Meso-America.

William Gadoury, from Quebec, came up with the theory that the Maya civilization chose the location of its towns and cities according to its star constellations.

He found Mayan cities lined up exactly with stars in the civilization’s major constellations.

Studying the star map further, he discovered one city was missing from a constellation of three stars.

Using satellite images provided by the Canadian Space Agency and then mapped on to Google Earth, he discovered the city where the third star of the constellation suggested it would be.

William has named the yet-to-be explored city in the Yucatan jungle K’aak Chi, or Mouth of Fire.

Daniel De Lisle, from the Canadian Space Agency, said the area had been difficult to study because of its dense vegetation.

However, satellite scans of the area found linear features which ‘stuck out’. “There are linear features that would suggest there is something underneath that big canopy,” he told.

“There are enough items to suggest it could be a man made structure.”

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Satellite images compared with Google Earth show potentially man-made structures beneath the jungle canopy (Canadian Space Agency).

Doctor Armand La Rocque, from the University of New Brunswick, said one image showed a street network and a large square which could possibly be a pyramid.

He told : “A square is not natural, it is mostly artificial and can hardly be attributed to natural phenomena. If we add these together, we have a lot of indication there might be a Mayan city in the area.”

Dr La Rocque said William’s discovery could lead archaeologists to find other Mayan cities using similar techniques.

William’s discovery will be published in a scientific journal and he will present his findings at Brazil’s International Science fair in 2017.

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