A Canadian teenager has discovered a lost Mayan city by comparing ancient Mayan star charts and modern satellite images in his bedroom, proving yet again that most scientific discoveries begin life as 'kooky' conspiracy theories dismissed by the mainstream.

A Canadian teenager has discovered a lost Mayan city by comparing ancient Mayan star charts and modern satellite images in his bedroom, proving yet again that most scientific discoveries begin life as ‘kooky’ conspiracy theories dismissed by the mainstream.

 Source: BBC

15-year-old William Gadoury, from Saint-Jean-de-Matha, Quebec, had a theory that Mayan cities were laid out to mirror the constellations and there was still one major city left to be discovered – a theory he was told was nonsense by mainstream Mayan historians.

However the teenager wasn’t convinced by the received wisdom.  Using ancient Mayan star charts and modern satellite images of the Yucatan Peninsula, he made the extraordinary discovery.

The new city, found deep in a Mexican jungle, is thought to be the fourth largest Mayan city and contains a pyramid and thirty large buildings.  It has been named K’ÀAK ‘CHI’ which means Mouth of Fire.

A Mayan pyramid in the ancient city of Comalcalco