A Canadian teenager named William Gadoury is earning the title as one of the youngest archaeologists to ever discover a lost ancient city. The ambitious teenager has just revealed a very abstract method for locating a Mayan city based on constellations. Using this strategy, he was able to uncover the ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula which he called K ‘AAK’ Chi, or Mouth of Fire.
The lost city is one of the largest every found, Le Journal de Montreal reports. The discovery began with Gadoury’s understanding that the Mayans created their cities in correlation with the stars. He was able to identify 22 Mayan constellations which he then placed on Google Maps.
He recognized that the stars matched the location of 117 ancient cities and that the brightest stars coincided with the most important ones. After analyzing the twenty-third constellation, he realized that two of its three stars corresponded to cities on the map. He hypothesized that there had been another city hidden in an inaccessible area of the Yucatan Peninsula.
“I was really surprised and excited when I realized that the most brilliant stars of the constellations matched the largest Mayan cities,” Gadoury told Le Journal.
The satellite images of the area revealed linear features that ‘stuck out’ as well as what appear to be a network of roads leading towards a large square—which could be a large pyramid.
“A square is not natural, it is most artificial and can hardly be attributed to natural phenomena,” said Daniel De Lisle from the Canadian Space Agency. Researchers believe that as many as 30 buildings could surround the pyramid at the ancient site—making it one of the five largest known ancient sites build by the Maya.
“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,” de Isle told Le Journal.
The technique introduced by Gadoury could help archaeologists pinpoint the locations of other lost Mayan cities. The Ancient Maya lived in parts of modern-day Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. They represent some of the most sophisticated and advanced ancient civilizations in the Western Hemisphere.
Gadoury is optimistic that he can one day see the Mouth of Fire for himself, though no one has yet ventured into the jungle to confirm its existence.
Original : ancient-code.com