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Monday, May 16, 2016

15-years old Canadian boy discovers forgotten Mayan city

15-year old Canadian boy named William Gadoury said to have discovered an ancient Mayan city that had been forgotten in Central America. The boy who come from Quebec believes that he has found the city of Mayan by using their ancient astronomy through satellite photos. The Mayan city discovered by the Canadian teenager is located right by the star in the constellation recognized by the Mayan civilization.
William Gadoury discovered the village using satellite images and Google Maps. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aDMxM)
From these data, then he develops the theory that the Mayan nation choose a location for the city's development depends on the location of the star. Similarly, as reported by the Metro on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

The ancient city was named K'aak Chi or Mouth of Fire by William. The city is one of five major cities in the Maya culture. Once upon a time, the city is thought to have a 86-meter-high pyramid, and has about 30 buildings.

According to William, he was aware of the location of the forgotten city easily, by identifying the lost city of the constellation of three stars and then match it with the Canadian Space Agency satellite photos. William then compare the region by using Google Earth. Related to this, William will present his findings at the Brazil’s International Science Fair.
The square outline is believed to be man-made structures beneath vegetation. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aDMxM)
The Canadian Space Agency spokesperson Daniel De Lisle, said overgrown vegetation in the area made it extremely hard to study on ground level. Which could be a major contributing factor to why the city has remained lost for so long. But scans of the area via satellite have revealed linear features distinctive enough to suggest it’s a manmade structure.

The findings are doubted by the experts
However, there is a problem. Some archaeologists and anthropologists questioned the claims of William Gadoury. The square seen in satellite images, they said, may not be a pyramid, but could have been an ancient corn fields. 

One expert critics is David Stuart, a professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. "The latest news is wrong. I tried to ignore it (and questions from the media that I received), but now I feel I should say something," Stuart said in his Facebook post. 

"Ancient Mayans did not organize the construction of their cities based on the constellations. Seeing this pattern is a Rorschach process, because ancient sites anywhere, as well as a star," he continued.

"Square features found in Google Earth are man-made, but it was only an ancient corn fields, or Milpa (fields from the open forest)," explained Stuart. 

In his next posting, Stuar said, "I do not want to criticize teenage boy mentioned in the news. He was very intelligent and keen on archeology and Mayan culture. What makes me furious here is the 'expert' irresponsible want to appear in the media".

The opinion of Professor Stuart supported by Thomas Garrison, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Southern California. 

"I commend the efforts of the teenagers. However, in this case, a square shape and a secondary crop growing in it is evidence that was an ancient Milpa. I estimate that had been cultivated for 10 to 15 years. This is obviously done by people who have stayed in the Maya lowlands," Thomas told Gizmodo. 

Ivan Šprajc, a Slovenian archaeologist who once roamed the Yucatan jungle to search for the ancient Maya cities also doubted the findings. He also denied the theory that the Maya built their city in accordance with the star constellations. 

The Maya is a great astronomer, he said. However, only a few constellations that found by Mayan people. In fact, in this case, we do not know how many and which of the stars that form the constellation respectively. 

However, an expert from Canada who support the finding of William Gadoury submited a rebuttal. Dr. Armand LaRocque from Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of New Brunswick, said that they doubted the findings of William was analyzed a different photo. William, said Armand, is not based on a set of photos analyzed by experts earlier. 

Many people would agree that the best way to prove these findings, whether the Mayan city or the cornfield is by going into the woods. However, according to Armand, it will cost a lot.. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | METRO | GIZMODO]
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