A teenager sparked a global frenzy with the news that he had located a previously unknown Mayan city in the Mexican jungle—while never leaving his home country.
William Gadoury of Québec was able to align more than 100 Mayan cities to maps of modern constellations. When one constellation appeared to be missing its corresponding city, Gadoury turned to specialists to interpret satellite images of the area in an attempt to find the “lost” site. When the announcement that a Mayan city, which Gadoury named K’aak Chi, or “Mouth of Fire,” had indeed been located where it was expected to be, international media stumbled through its own stages of FxPro coverage: unquestioning acceptance, sensational headlines, emerging naysayers, critical backlash, and then…silence. Experts are skeptical of the claim that the Mayan built their cities according to constellations. They did indeed have constellations, but there is no complete canonical list of them, so the theory is hard to test. “Mayan constellations that we know of, with the exception of Scorpio, bear no relation to those we find on modern star maps,” says Anthony Aveni, a founder of the field of archeoastronomy.
William Gadoury used the position of a constellation to identify the location of a possible Mayan city where an anomaly, shown through a satellite image, was observed. Further study on the ground is required to determine the nature of this feature.
The teenager was already allegedly debunked by some experts saying it’s “probably either weed-filled fallow fields or marijuana fields based on the amount of vegetation.” Nevertheless, nobody knows for sure until someone starts actually excavating the site properly.
“I think scientists are jealous. Sometimes they are scared of new ideas. I have to go to Mexico and locate this city on the ground to prove it is there. Maybe this summer.” – Gadoury.