Teen Makes Stellar Discovery of Previously Unknown Maya City

Teen Makes Stellar Discovery of Previously Unknown Maya City

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William Gadoury, a 15 year-old Canadian from Quebec, has revolutionized the academic world by using ingenious reasoning to discover a previously unknown Maya city. Based on his own theory - that the Maya chose the location of their cities following constellations, he realized that there must be another undiscovered city in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Satellite images of the area have confirmed his hypothesis.

As reported in the Spanish newspaper ABC, William Gadoury has become a little star in the eyes of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), NASA, and the Japanese space agency (JAXA) with this finding, which will be released shortly in the most prestigious scientific journals.

William Gadoury explains his theory of the existence of a Maya city still unknown in Mexico before scientists at the Canadian Space Agency.

William Gadoury explains his theory of the existence of a Maya city still unknown in Mexico before scientists at the Canadian Space Agency. ( CSA)

William, reportedly a passionate student of the Maya world, found 22 Maya constellations in the Madrid Codex , and superimposed them onto a Google Earth map of the Yucatan Peninsula. Then he realized that the stars corresponded to the location of the 117 Maya cities, and also the brightest stars coincided with the most important cities.

Until now, no scientist had noticed the correlation between the stars and the location of the different Maya populations. However, William noted that one of the constellations - specifically number 23, formed by three stars- does not coincide exactly with the map of known Maya cities, since it only two cities appear.

William Gadoury and his research. He’s a teenager who followed his own stellar hypothesis and discovered the existence of a new Maya city.

William Gadoury and his research. He’s a teenager who followed his own stellar hypothesis and discovered the existence of a new Maya city. ( Le Journal de Montréal, Martin Chevalier )

He followed his theory there had to be another Maya city, the 118th, in a remote and inaccessible part of the Yucatan Peninsula ... and it seems he’s right: analysis and studies of the area using satellite images by the various international space agencies have confirmed the existence of a pyramid and at least thirty buildings in the place indicated by William.

"Geometric shapes, squares or rectangles, appear in these images, shapes that can hardly be attributed to natural phenomena," says a specialist in remote sensing at the University of New Brunswick, Armand LaRocque , who has had access to the images of different structures that could well belong to an ancient city. [Via Le Journal de Montréal ]

Facsimile of the Madrid Codex, Museum of the Americas, Madrid, Spain.

Facsimile of the Madrid Codex, Museum of the Americas, Madrid, Spain. (Outisnn/ CC BY-SA 3.0 )

Not only has the high school student discovered the strong possibility of a new Maya city, but it also may be one of the largest sites to be found so far. William has decided to call the site K’àak’ Chi’ which means “the fire mouth”.  As he confessed to Le Journal de Montréal:

"I did not understand why the Mayas had built their cities far from rivers, on unfertile land and in the mountains. There had to be another reason, and, as they worshiped the stars, it occurred to me to verify my hypothesis. I was surprised and excited when I realized that the brightest stars of the constellations corresponded to the largest Maya cities. When Dr. LaRocque told me in January that they distinguished a pyramid and thirty structures, it was something extraordinary.”

Location of the proposed city, K’àak’ Chi’ (La Bouche de feu).

Location of the proposed city, K’àak’ Chi’ (La Bouche de feu). ( Le Journal de Montréal )

William has presented his research to two Mexican archaeologists. They have promised that he will accompany them in their next expedition to the newly discovered Maya city, which nobody has seen in person yet. "It would be the culmination of three years of work and my life’s dream," William said.

His discovery has also led him to be selected as a participant in the International Expo of the International Movement for Leisure Activities in Science and Technology ( MILSET) which will be held in Brazil in August 2017.

Ruins of the Maya city of Mayapan, located in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Ruins of the Maya city of Mayapan, located in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula. (Joeldesalvatierra/ CC BY-SA 3.0 )

Featured Image: Photograph of Zaculeu, the capital of the Mam kingdom, a pre-Columbian site of the Maya civilization in the highlands of Guatemala. (HJPD/ Public Domain )

By Mariló T. A.


Kudos to William.

Im afraid he just discovered an old cornfield.

it seems a little pre mature to claim discovery of an ancient city.until someone actually travels to the site
which cant be that hard, helicopters rentals are not that expensive.

It may be so, but dont be rabat joie,

So far this is some really nice work and big time investment from a teennager and thats why i feel he deserve a big KUDOS :).


The "cornfield" idea was based on photos published in the press, which were stock photos - not the actual photos. And a cornfield in that location is at least as improbable as an ancient city.

No certainty, but these first nay-sayers are prematurely "debunking" the possibility using bad data.

Wanted to do that comparison years ago :-)))

….and to do this to such a large scale you have to know how to measure time to an accuracy of seconds.

...which means you have to understand astronomy.

..and the ancient text written worldwide as geometric patterns on the stones are the values central to the measurement of time and the prediction of eclipses.

Now it looks like my idea that I put forward five years ago (that the stars marked the GLOBAL positions of major sites) doesn’t look so far fetched.

If his star map is offset by 6.5 degrees from true north we have a perfect match between his work and my work, which is based on the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

If his map is a Mercator map of the stars….then the match is even better…It means that they plotted a map of the entire Earth...

If the star map is 14,300 years old then archaeologists will say it is just a coincidence that the Egyptian Pyramid map gives an identical result to South America. Well it’s the answer I’ve been getting now for the last 5 years.

So this is it….this is the big challenge. Is this South American star map identical to the star map created by the Great Pyramids?

I have already used the ecliptic and celestial equator in my map to successfully locate the geoglyphs in the Amazon Jungle, and a number of the larger South American Temples, so I think there is a very good chance there will be an overlap here.

Interesting times….

Dr. Derek Cunningham
Author The Long Journey (400,000 Years of Stone Age Science)

- See more at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/forum/15-years-teenager-discovers-ancient...

Dr. Derek Cunningham
Author The Long Journey (400,000 Years of Stone Age Science)

Dear Professor Cunningham; I have plotted the location of the star Sirius as it would be found if the hypothesis applies to the Great Pyramid complex. It is in a more modern, mixed use area of the Cairo suburbs. If the ancients are logical and consistent, there would be something very interesting located there, maybe buried in the sand. It caused me to think of this quote, "King of Kings Ozymandias am I. If any want to know how great I am and where I lie, let him outdo me in my work." I wish that you and the young scholar could follow this train of thought, because I already have several other hot frying pans being juggled.

In many ways the confusion surrounding the Great Pyramids is time....

Since it was built there has been several nova events....So the problem was always which three stars did the three central Pyramids at Giza represent? 

Sirius is obviously a key star....but it was not used at the Pyramids. Why? because the Pyramids simply reflect the centre of the Earth's landmass (longest lines of continuous land north to south and east to west).

Now William plotted the Mayan Cities.....but what he did not realize is that the same map he used in South America also aligns the stars of Hercules to the religious sites found in the Himalayas in my study. 

Both maps are continental in size...so both maps William's map of the Mayan Cities, and the map I developed which plots the Religious centres found in the Himalayas) would require an ability to measure longitude and also TIME...

.Then when you link this to my earlier discovery of a world text based on geometric lines that encode the astronomical values used to measure time....you have your world culture.

Religious stories support this....The Tower of Babel 

...and if that isn't convincing the head star of the constellation Cygnus the Swan marks in this world map the location of Mecca.

but it has to be remembered that this was a navigation aid. I bet that William has found the exact same thing I did, and that is the locations are a mirror image of the sky above. They were thus not plotting the heavens, but a representation of the heavens, which is realm of the Gods. Humans were simply reflecting the heavens onto Earth to create a system that would allow then to navigate, and also to find locations of high land in times of need.

Dr. Derek Cunningham
Author The Long Journey (400,000 Years of Stone Age Science)

Dear Professor; so will you stand by your contention that the Great Pyramid complex does NOT reflect the three stars of the belt of Orion? I don't think that you could back that hypothesis up, because there is no real evidence for it. The 'dog star' is represented somewhere in the complex, because of its sacred meaning to the religion of the pharaohs.

Sometimes it takes an untainted curious and clear bright mind to figure out what seems so obvious after its revelation.
Hope he can retain his inspiration and ego-less purpose and enlighten us about other unsolved mysteries in the future.

He'll become tainted by academia and it's slant for history. Universities in the West pay their "professors" to use old information in schools to teach to the uninformed student. Case in point, Greek History at Arizona State, profs there are using books older than 30 years to teach a class, plus they offer "supplements" which they use instead of real information. They peddle their own "dig sessions" around the world, in this case, Greece. I learned nothing new in a class, and I could have saved the $2000 and spent it elsewhere. I could have checked out free books instead of listening to drivel from tenured Profs who forget to learn!

Dont be pessimist.

The boy have a good brain and have already tought about the limitation of current ideology all by himself, dont you think ?

He used the raw data available and made his own speculation.

Now I wonder about all the giant pertagliphs out there, the patterns in stars they saw, were drawn up from star constellations from their minds. We see constellarions today as same as romans and greeks did.
Imagine if we were to find a New one today :) would we build to reflect it's pattern of stars as Maya did ? Probably not.
Would we name it as the greeks and romans did ? probably yes.
The point ? "The now revealed admiration the maya had for star patterns, and large stars, this could open new avenue to reading what made them, tick". Leading to even more discovery sooner, than later. Congrats to William :)

Kind of like a detective, who can learn alot about you, just by looking at what trash you throw away.

In my work I used the same star map William is now using five years ago to locate a new geoglyph field in Irkutsk Russia.

The Geoglylph field is 180 degrees in logitude opposite Nazca in Peru…

I then found that the same map located the geoglpyh field recently uncovered in the Amazon Jungle.

More recently I found that the Australian petroglyphs were drawn to the exact same astronomical values found at Lascaux Cave. 


Dr. Derek Cunningham
Author The Long Journey (400,000 Years of Stone Age Science)

There a lot more left out there to be discovered in the new world.I believe there was a lot of ancient cultures just as advanced as we were in time's gone by.i think this kid has a great future ahead of him hopefully he will answer a lot of these unanswered questions.

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Well done William!

What is not mentioned in the article is the fact that due to the Eart’s rotation, not to mention changes in the revolution which shifts slightly throughout hundred and thousands of years – does this mean that the stars were aligned at the time of the building of the cities, and not today? Or have they remained the same?

- Moonsong
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world ~ Oscar Wilde

I read he used The Madrid Codex, an old Mayan star map not a modern one.

« The Madrid Codex is believed to be a product of the late Mayan period (c. 1400 ce) and is possibly a post-Classic copy of Classic Mayan scholarship.

The codex contains a wealth of information on astrology and on divinatory practices.»

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