A SCHOOLBOY has achieved what many archaeologists have been trying to do for their entire career – he’s discovered a lost Mayan city.
William Gadoury, from Quebec in Canada, who is just 15-years old, has unearthed one of the finds of the decade thanks to an out-there theory which paid off.
He realised the Mayan civilisation, which dominated Central America from 1800BC to 900AD, situated their cities according to star constellations.
The schoolboy had located two already known cities according to a map of the stars but noticed a third constellation that didn’t have a Mayan city to match.
After analysing satellite images given to him by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), he discovered a third, previously unknown Mayan city which had a 86m high pyramid and 30 buildings in the Yucatan jungle which had become overgrown by forestation.
The teenager has named the new city K’aak Chi – or the Mouth of Fire – and quickly reported his findings to the University of New Brunswick’s Dr Armand LaRocque.
Mr Gadoury said: “When Dr LaRocque told me in January, we distinguish a pyramid and thirty structures, it was extraordinary.
“I did not understand why the Maya built their cities away from rivers, on marginal lands and in the mountains.
“They had to have another reason, and as they worshiped the stars, the idea came to me to verify my hypothesis.
“I was really surprised and excited when I realised that the most brilliant stars of the constellations matched the largest Maya cities.”
The CSA’s Daniel De Lisle added: “What makes William’s project fascinating is the depth of his research.
“Linking the positions of stars to the location of a lost city along with the use of satellite images on a tiny territory to identify the remains buried under dense vegetation is quite exceptional.”