Teen Discovers Ancient Mayan Ruins By Studying Stars And Using Google Maps

A Canadian teenager may have found evidence of an undiscovered Mayan city after comparing ancient star charts with satellite images.

Credit: ancient-origins.net

Credit: ancient-origins.net

Quebec native, William Gadoury, has always been fascinated by all things Mayan. For this reason, he was inspired to study the civilization’s constellations. Not long after he began delving into astrology, however, he discovered something amazing!

When the teen examined twenty-two Mayan constellations and projected them onto a map, he was able to locate 117 Mayan cities. With this knowledge, he knew that the shapes of the star formations coincided perfectly with the location of the cities. That was the first crucial connection.

After finding a twenty-third constellation, which had three stars but coincided with only two ancient ruins, he suspected there was a third city to match. And, he was right! Utilizing Google satellite images, Gadoury was able to confirm that there was something that could be the ruins of a lost 4,600-year-old city in Mexico.

The young astrologer told CBC News: 

“The Mayans were extremely good builders, but they often built in places that made little practical sense — far from rivers, far from fertile areas. It seemed strange for a civilization that was so intelligent. I knew they were good at astronomy, so I tried to make the link.”

His hunch led to a monumental discovery, one that is gaining him plenty of well-deserved recognition. The Huffington Post relays that the 15-year-old is being credited with finding the ancient lost city in the Yucatan jungle in Mexico. He has decided to name it K’aak Chi, which means Mouth of Fire.

Images of possible structures in forgotten city. (Photo: Canadian Space Agency)

Images of possible structures in forgotten city. (Photo: Canadian Space Agency)

Daniel de Lisle, Canadian Space Agency liaison officer, is amazed by the depth of Gadoury’s research. He told the press:

“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.”

But this isn’t the first time the teenager has impressed scientists across the board. In 2014, Gadoury was invited to the Canadian Space Agency for winning first place at Quebec’s provincial Expo-Sciences finales.

The Facebook post reads:

“The Canadian Space Agency had the pleasure of welcoming a very special guest at lunchtime today! William Gadoury, a 14-year old student from Académie Antoine Manseau in Joliette, won first prize at Quebec’s provincial Expo Sciences finales. He presented his project at the IGARSS Conference in Quebec City last July. Further to this event, the CSA invited him to share his discoveries with our employees.”


Gadoury told Radio-Canada that one day he would like to be an archeologist, astronomer or engineer.

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