The team of researchers responsible for the discovery went to a distant, inaccessible and uninhabited region due to successive rumors that this place was the site of the legendary, ancient White City, also designated in legends as the City of the Monkey God. A team of American and Honduran archaeologists returned from the site with incredible discoveries. They plotted large areas, embankments, excavations and a clay pyramid belonging to a culture that flourished about a thousand years ago and mysteriously disappeared afterwards.
They also found a rare cache of stone sculptures at the bottom of the pyramid, which remained untouched since the city was abandoned, indicating that the cache may have been left as an offering. One of the most interesting aspects is that the remains have remained untouched since the island was inhabited. Because of the great spiritual significance of the marauders kept away from this place?
Christopher Fisher, a Mesoamerican archaeologist from a team from the University of Colorado, said that the intact, unbridled state of the site was incredibly rare. Fisher also stated that:
The unruffled context is unique. This is a powerful ritual show to bring out such wealth objects, like this, from circulation.
To complete the intrigue and mystery of this mythical lost city, the culture of his people remains largely unknown. Unlike other ancient Mayan monuments that are nearby, this area has not yet been well documented or explored.
Archaeologists have discovered the tops of 52 artifacts looking out from the ground, and many other artifacts are underground. The objects found on the surface include stone ceremonial seats and small-grained vessels decorated with snakes, zoomorphic figures and vultures. The group analyzed them as possible burial sites.
Until now, the most intriguing artifact rising from the earth was the head of a jaguar, probably representing a shaman in a transfigured spiritual state. Chief archaeologist from the Institute of Anthropology and History of Honduras Oscar Neil Cruz said that the artifact dates from 1000 to 1400.
Another curiosity is added by the fact that the objects found were not unearthed, but only documented and left untouched. Perhaps the researchers found something so meaningful that it should not be kept secret for the time being. According to official information, the site was discovered at the end of 2012, but only now is the location disclosed to protect this site from looters.
Several expeditions sought the White City, or Ciudad Blanca, since 1920. The most famous of these expeditions was led by curious explorer Theodore Mordet, who returned from Honduras with thousands of artifacts and exclaimed that he managed to enter the city.
According to Morde, the indigenous people said that it contains a huge burial statue of the monkey god. He refused to reveal the location of the city on the same principle as today, fearing that the site will be plundered. Later, he committed suicide, and the location of his site was never identified. Is that what Morde found in Honduras, there were more than just artifacts and a lost city?
Other expeditions in search of the White City occurred in 2012, and the ruins were finally discovered during aerial reconnaissance in a remote valley in La Mosquitia, which is the place from which, according to Morde, artifacts were returned in the 90s.
The researchers used a Cessna Skymaster and a multimillion-dollar laser scanner, and found abnormal features covering more than a mile across the valley.
A group of researchers discovered that the relief along the river was almost completely transformed by human hands. The area consisted of marshes, rivers and mountains, representing some of the last scientifically unexplored places on the surface of the Earth.
Before the discovery of the valley in 2012, researchers and researchers recalled the stories of a lost city peeping out from the jungle vegetation. Local indigenous tales speak of the White House, where their people sheltered from the Spanish conquistadors. This legendary white house was presented as a mystical paradise in Eden, from where no one returned.
The valley is so primitive that it seems that animals have never seen people before. According to the team investigating the site, the spider monkeys appeared with curiosity from the trees above. Guineas and tapir were seen and wandered to the camp without fear for visitors.
According to the evidence collected so far, it seems that we are talking about an unnamed civilization, and according to local legends and beliefs, it must be the White City of the Monkey God. What is strange in this expedition is that the research team was formed from American and Honduran archaeologists, a lidar engineer, anthropologist, ethnobotanist and documentaryist, each of which was guarded by sixteen Honduran special forces soldiers, thereby raising some question marks.
Why did this expedition have so many resources dedicated to this? And also, why are they afraid of marauders when they have soldiers guarding them over the years? Can these events somehow be associated with the White Mesoamerican Gods?