A 15-year-old boy believes he has discovered a forgotten Mayan city using satellite photos and Mayan astronomy.
William Gadoury, a 15-year-old school student from Quebec, Canada, has found something that’s been hidden from archaeologists for centuries – what appears to be a lost city of the Maya civilisation, buried deep in the Yucatan jungle of southeastern Mexico.
He didn’t do it by hiring a bunch of expensive equipment, hopping on a plane, and slaving away on an excavation site – he discovered the incredible ruins from the comfort of his own home, by figuring out that the ancient cities were built in alignment with the stars above.
William 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.
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 said “There are enough items to suggest it could be a man made structure.”
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 said that 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.