Humanity has been around on the planet for so long that there really are no new places to discover. Other than 95 percent of the world’s oceans, there really isn’t anything out there left to explore or discover other than the farthest reaches of land and the deepest corners of the Earth – or at least that’s what you’d think.
Apparently, all it takes to discover new places are some wits, determination, and good old investigative work. Oh, and when it comes to stuff like this age isn’t really an issue, as a 15-year-old boy discovered ancient Mayan city. The Quebec teen discovered the long-lost location using intuition, Google Maps, and perseverance.
But how did a fifteen year old Canadian teen manage to discover a lost Mayan city in the middle of the thick forests of Central America? Let’s talk about young William Gadoury and find out.
Always fascinated with the Mayans, William studied their culture as intently as a fifteen year old full of passion does things. He became stumped by why the Maya culture would build their cities away from rivers or in the mountains or on other similarly marginal lands.
Determined to find an answer, William analyzed 22 Mayan constellations and the sites of old Mayan cities from his own home town of Saint-Jean-de-Martha. He then looked over the Madrid Codex, a Mayan text dated between the years 900 and 1521, and he compared the locations of 117 Mayan cities with the constellations he took from the codex.
This helped William realize that Mayans aligned their cities to the positions of the stars. He then matched each city to star charts made by astronomers. Drawing the constellations on transparent sheets and then overlaying them with maps of Mayan cities, he noticed that they adhered to the same patterns.
This is the first time in history when anybody made a direct connection between star maps and the location of various Mayan cities. Understandably, the scientific community is split over the validity of the finding.
Realizing that one of the three stars in the Orion constellation had no city connection and that it played a huge part in Mayan religion and culture, William decided to check whether the city is actually there. This led him to contact the Canadian Space Agency.
Using pictures from the CSA as well as Google Maps, William managed to find the exact location of the city in a remote coastal location in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The satellite only showed shapes covered by trees, but it looks like there is a huge pyramid surrounded by some thirty smaller buildings present at the location.
Nobody went to check out the location yet, but William already named the city K’aak Chi (Mouth of Fire). If the finding proves to be correct, this would be among the five largest Mayan cities ever found. Plus, some skeptical scientists would owe William an apology, as he’s been criticized by envious or simply incredulous researchers ever since the announcement.
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