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Explorers discover lost city in Honduras

By T.K. Randall
March 3, 2015 · Comment icon 15 comments



The ruins were found in a remote region of Honduras. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Dennis Garcia
The ancient ruins were found during an expedition to locate the fabled 'City of the Monkey God'.
Found deep within a remote uninhabited region of the Honduras rainforest, the immaculately preserved ruins date back over one thousand years to a time when the people who built them thrived.

Despite living very near to the Maya civilization, very little is actually known about this mysterious and long lost culture. Scarcely studied, the people who lived in this forgotten city have never even been given a name and nobody knows why they disappeared.
Within the ruins archaeologists discovered a cache of stone sculptures along with a variety of artifacts including finely carved vessels and the head of a figurine thought to be a "were-jaguar".

Due to the amount of work that still needs to be done to document the site however the location of the ruins has been kept a secret for the time being in an effort to deter looters from finding them.

"This is clearly the most undisturbed rain forest in Central America," said ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin. "The importance of this place canít be overestimated."

Source: National Geographic | Comments (15)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by jarjarbinks 8 years ago
This could be the discovery of the century, just like Howard Carter did back in the early 20th
Comment icon #7 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch 8 years ago
Just read this on iflscience.com most interesting.
Comment icon #8 Posted by fromthedeepestjungle 8 years ago
there is a race and culture that soon will be gone not to many left and why would this be because of what they walk on very sad very sad
Comment icon #9 Posted by Silver Surfer 8 years ago
Good to finally hear more about this.. i've been waiting!! http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/viewnews.php?id=228671
Comment icon #10 Posted by Myles 8 years ago
Pretty cool. I can't wait to learn more about it. I wonder who owns the actual land it is on. Is it government owned? Privately owned?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Galahad 8 years ago
Always wondered about this, read something long ago.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hanslune 8 years ago
Unfortunately already found previously http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2015/03/03/theres-a-real-archaeological-surprise-in-honduras/
Comment icon #13 Posted by HMS Dreadnought 8 years ago
Really looking forward to hearing more about this discovery, great for archaeology
Comment icon #14 Posted by Hanslune 8 years ago
http://hondurasculturepolitics.blogspot.com/2015/03/honduran-archaeologists-criticize-us.html?m=1 More criticism of the 'discovery'.
Comment icon #15 Posted by She-ra 8 years ago
Another article discussing this topic: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/06/archaeologists-find-two-lost-cities-deep-in-honduras-jungle?CMP=share_btn_fb


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