A 15-year-old student from Quebec appears to have made an incredible discovery. William Gadoury theorized that the Mayans built towns based on their constellations, lining up cities with stars. As he compared known Mayan city locations with a star map, he realized something intriguing: if his theory was correct, one city was missing.
A three-star constellation correlated with two known cities, but the third had not yet been found. Gadoury drew on Google Earth and satellite images of that area of the Yucatan jungle from the Canadian Space Agency to help solve the puzzle. Based on the images, which appear to show man-made objects beneath the forest cover, he says he found a lost city.
Canadian Space Agency scientist Daniel De Lisle, who has worked with satellite images for over 20 years, said the city was likely lost because the jungle is dense in that location. De Lisle said, “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.”
Geography professor Dr. Armand La Rocque agreed. He said a square object indicates what we’re seeing is in fact man-made, since squares are not commonly found in nature. The square might even be a pyramid. He also said that there’s evidence of a “street network” in one of the images. Using Gadoury’s technique, La Roque said perhaps similarly lost cities could once again be found.
Gadoury is calling the city K’aak Chi, which translates to Mouth of Fire. A scientific journey will publish his finding. It remains to be seen if a team of archaeologists will travel to the location to see what the shapes are, and perhaps discover a few more answers about the mysterious ancient civilization.