School Boy Discovers Lost Mayan City - But Is It ?

School Boy Discovers Lost Mayan City - But Is It ?

At times, when something seems too good to be true, it's because it is in fact not true at all. Thats what seems to have happened with a Canadian teenager who chanced upon an undiscovered Mayan city. William Gadoury of Quebec  discovered the ruins of a lost Mayan city in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. He did this with the assistance of Google Maps and a star chart.



William developed a technique of matching stars to the locations of existing Mayan temples on Earth. He took the help of the Canadian Space Agency, with whom he had worked on a project before. The satellite photos of the spot  returned with striking pictures: what appears to be an ancient Mayan pyramid and dozens of smaller structures around it.



He named this lost city K'aak Chi, or Mouth of Fire, suggesting it could be one of the five largest Mayan cities on record. Many were pleased and amazed by this 15 yr old school boy's feat. Incredible, right ?



Turns out that isn’t what the images show. The square in the satellite images is probably an abandoned field, and another spot may be a small dry lake or clearing in the jungle, say experts.



Geoffrey Braswell, an archaeologist and his graduate students of UC San Diego, who have been working in this area immediately recognized the features in the satellite photos. The first image, they say, is of the Laguna El Civalón, and the two rectangular features next to it are fields, probably either weed-filled fallow fields or marijuana fields based on the amount of vegetation.



Whatever the truth is, Gadoury has become well known and a bright future in science has opened up for him. In fact, the teen has been invited to attend science fairs and international conferences. Maybe he can still prove the naysayers wrong.
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