Archaeologists searching for a lost city in the jungles of Honduras have discovered the remains of what is believed to be a vanished ancient civilization.
National Gepgraphic magazine has reported that archeologists digging in the jungles of central American country of Honduras have found the remains of an ancient city, rumours of which have been doing the rounds for the past 300 years!
A writer and photographer from the magazine accompanied a team of scientists to Honduras’ Mosquitia region on the trail of a legendary “White City” or “City of the Monkey God.”
The expedition was launched after aerial light detection scanning — known as LIDAR — uncovered what appeared to be man-made structures below the rainforest.
Writer Douglas Preston said the team emerged February 25, after documenting the ruins of a “vanished culture.”
“In contrast to the nearby Maya, this vanished culture has been scarcely studied and it remains virtually unknown. Archaeologists don’t even have a name for it,” Douglas wrote. Archaeologists no longer believed in the existence of a single “White City,” he said, instead believing there had been an entire civilization with many cities.
The expedition found earth works, including an earthen pyramid as well as a collection of stone sculptures, thought to potentially have been burial offerings.
Archaeologist Oscar Neil Cruz from the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History (IHAH) estimated they dated from A.D. 1000 to 1400, Douglas wrote.
The researchers were greeted by wildlife which appeared never before to have seen humans, wandering unafraid through their camp.
“This is clearly the most undisturbed rain forest in Central America. The importance of this place can’t be overestimated,” ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin told National Geographic.
The team left their finds unexcavated and are keeping the exact location of the site secret in an attempt to prevent looting.
IHAH director Virgilio Paredes Trapero said that the forest and valley could disappear within eight years unless action was taken.
“The Honduran government is committed to protecting this area, but doesn’t have the money. We urgently need international support.”