A lost ancient city situated in eastern Honduras has kept hidden from us a number of secrets. Until now. For the first time, a group of archaeologists have carried out an expedition to the lost city, returning with even more exciting news about the city’s culture. Funnily enough though, we do not even have a name to identify the city with since it has remain isolated for centuries now.
LiDAR mapping of the Honduran rainforest revealing invaluable information to archaeologists. Photo credits: University of Houston.
Rumours of “White City” turned real?
It seems that this city has been greatly eclipsed throughout our modern times. So little is known of it. At some point in time, even its very location was unknown to most. However, fortunately back in 2012, airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) mapping pointed out to the city’s existence. The images revealed what looked like buildings along a riverbank. Prior to that, according to Professor Christopher Fisher of Colorado State University, there were rumours of a so-called “White City” or the “City of the Monkey God”.
The group of experts are of the opinion that the lost city recently found is behind the White City Legends of the La Mosquitia region of Honduras.
Professor Fischer and his team thereafter decided to enter the lost city. They found that it is so isolated that it has not been looted for the last 600 years or so; it has ever since been proper abandoned.
“This is clearly the most undisturbed rain forest in Central America,” ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin of the Amazon Conservation Team said in a statement. A photographer of the organisation had accompanied the team of researchers.
Also, as a means of precaution, the location of the city has been kept secret lest looters seize the opportunity to rob it of its riches.
The discoveries: Head with human and jaguar characteristics
The civilisation that flourished in the city might have been of 1000 to 1400 A.D. What led to their disappearance remains a mystery.
52 objects were found buried halfway through the ground. The experts have suggested that they were used in an act of sacrifice in front of a temple.
A carved head with both human and jaguar features were spotted among these. Fisher has called it a “were-jaguar”. He added that it looked like it was wearing a helmet. It might actually be representing a shaman in some spiritual form.
This is only the beginning as it is suspected that much more is buried deep underground.
Biological diversity preserved
The isolated city had another benefit: its biodiversity has been safeguarded as well. However, this might not last for long, since the Honduras’ forests are being depleted by grazing cattle. It is feared that the city might thus soon be discovered by others.