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Mayan city discovered by a 15 years old

Mayan city discovered by a 15 years old

If you were to look for a lost Mayan city, where would you start? The 15 year old Canadian student, William Gadoury, passionate about the Mayan civilization history since he was only 11 years old, had an idea: try using the stars.

Maya cities aligned with the stars?

Unlike other ancient cities of the Earth, noticed William, the Mayan cities were not built near a river or the sea, but rather in a pattern that mimics the layout of the main stars of the sky.

William Gadoury

The idea has proved successful: by comparing the position of the stars of 22 Maya constellations the boy align the position of the 117 Mayan cities known by the same stars, with the larger cities located in locations aligned with the brightest stars of the constellations. The young Canadian student then began studying a 23rd constellation, consisting of 3 stars. According to his map, however, there were only two cities.

William hits, new Maya city discovered

Then William thought that there might be a third city that has remained hidden, in a region difficult to reach the Yucatan Peninsula. Contacted the Canadian Space Agency, the boy manages to get satellite photos present in the archives of NASA and the Japanese Space Agency, then carefully studied and actually discovers the ruins of the third city, which tentatively christens K'aak'chi, or "Mouth of Fire". Space agencies at that point verify in turn and in early 2016, the discovery is confirmed: in the pictures of that area can be seen a pyramid and thirty buildings, making it one of the five largest Maya cities ever discovered.

Mayan city discovered by a 15 years old

Moral of the story: not always to make sensational discoveries it is necessary to be Nobel prizes, neither to have available exclusive data (William has made his first controls using Google Earth and Wikipedia). You need, instead, a little bit of good luck, besides a pretty good sense. Who knows if among you there is the next discoverer of ruins of some lost civilizations?

Mayan city discovered by a 15 years old

Tags: Astronomy, Archaeology