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Canadian Teen Discovers Lost Mayan City
November 25, 2018 – 12:20 pm
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Tikal, one of the largest cities and archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located in northern Guatemala.

In their spare time between school bells, it's safe to say that most teenagers hang out with friends, pursue any number of extracurricular activities, and probably, Snapchat. But the novel pursuits of one boy may have resulted in the actual discovery of a forgotten Mayan city: After becoming interested in the ancient Central American civilization in 2012, William Gadoury, 15, spent hours examining maps of known Mayan cities and diagrams of constellations when he realized the two were somehow connected.

Gadoury's method was straightforward: he studied 22 constellations, and matched them to the locations of 117 known Mayan cities found throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Once he began working on a 23rd constellation, the Canadian teen discovered that though two of the stars had correlating cities, the third was unmatched. After establishing the potential location of the third city, Gadoury worked with the Canadian Space Agency, who trained their satellites on the very spot. The result? Images with geometric evidence of large pyramid, and 30 potential surrounding structures. Should the satellite photographs be verified, the city would be one of the largest Mayan centers in discovery. It would also make Gadoury the first person to discover such a correlation.

Reaching the remote area, which Gadoury christened K’aak Chi, or Fire Mouth, will not be easy. Set in one of the most inaccessible areas of the Yucatán Peninsula, the complex is believed to be shrouded by thick jungle and buried under dense vegetation. Gadoury, who has been awarded a medal of merit by the Canadian Space Agency, told the Journal de Montréal he hoped to one day see the ruins in person. “It would be the culmination of my three years of work and the dream of my life, ” he said.

Source: www.cntraveler.com
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