Inquisitive teen William Gadoury, has a deep fascination with ancient Maya, analysed 22 Mayan constellations and realised that the Mayans aligned their 117 cities with the positions of the stars.

William realised that there was one star in another constellation that didn’t appear to have a corresponding city. Using satellite images from the Canadian Space Agency and Google Earth maps, William zeroed in on the precise location — and a pyramid and about thirty ancient buildings were spotted, partially hidden, in the dense forest.

William has named the lost city K’aak Chi, or Mouth of Fire. It is believed to be one of the five largest Mayan cities on record.

Awesome job William!


Since emerging this morning some people working in the field have suggested that this story is unlikely to be true, so as always take care with what makes it into the news.