A CANADIAN teenager has uncovered the remains of a lost Mayan city using only the night sky, The Sun reports. William Gadoury, 15, named the city K’aak Chi or Fire Mouth, which could be the largest Mayan settlement ever discovered. After hours of study, the teen realised that the ancient people built their settlements according to the stars.
Even though the Mayan people have been studied for hundreds of years, no one has made that link before. But when the brilliant teen looked at his 23rd constellation, he found that there was a star that did not match up with a corresponding city. Using Google Maps, Gadoury was able to pinpoint where the settlement should be, in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
Scientists at the Canadian Space Agency used their satellite telescopes to produce amazingly detailed photographs of the peninsula. The incredible pictures reveal a square shape, which scientists believe to be a Mayan pyramid. Now the teen wishes to see the uncovered city with his own eyes.
He told the Independent: “It would be the culmination of my three years of work and the dream of my life. “There are linear features that would suggest there is something underneath that big canopy. “There are enough items to suggest it could be a man-made structure.” Doctor Armand La Rocque from the University of New Brunswick said: “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.” But the academic said that it may be difficult to get archaeologists to investigate. He said: “It’s always about money. Expedition costs are horribly expensive.” Daniel de Lisle of the Canadian Space Agency said: “What is fascinating about the project of William, is the depth of his research.
“Linking the position of stars and the location of a lost city and the use of satellite images on a tiny territory to identify the remains buried under dense vegetation, is quite exceptional.” The Mayan civilisation originated in the Yucatan and rose to greatness in the 3rd century AD. Their empire spread from Mexico into Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
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