I read up on an article on the national geographic website about a new discovery in Honduras. For anyone who does not know what Honduras is, it is a very small country in Central America. It is known for its heavily populated forests. The country has dense jungles that go unexplored. Likewise, a finding like this one is highly unlikely; however, archaeologists are not stopped by anything when it comes to finding a new site. In the article, the motive to search for such a site was due to an allegation that was made by someone much earlier.
So here is how the story goes, in the early 1900s a man named Theodore Morde went on an exploration in the jungles in search of the so called “White City.” This city is supposedly a civilization that vanished. Of course we know that is not the case; however, something must have happened. This city is also called the “City of the Monkey God.” As Theordore Morde explored this alleged city, he came across thousands of artifacts that he brought back. One of the things he discovered was a giant statue of a Monkey God that was beneath the surface. Unfortunately, he did not want to give the location of the site; his intentions were to keep looters away from excavating it and destroying the natural context. Soon after, he ended up committing suicide, and the site went unfound for decades.
With that being said, some archaeologists, named Steve Elkins and Bill Benenson, decided that they wanted to find the site so they went to Honduras and used LIDAR to look for possible locations and other unnatural features. Surprisingly, they discovered a valley that they were skeptic of. Indeed, they had found an extraordinary site; The White City. Much of the features directed them to conclude it was a pre-Columbian civilization; some of the artifacts dated all the way back to 1000 to 1400 AD. While searching in the valley, they came across 52 artifacts that were visible just about the ground. One of the features was a pyramid like structure that had evidence of an offering at the base. This is very interesting, as we had just learned about the pyramids and diffusion not too long ago.
The interesting thing about this site is its “undisturbed condition.” This makes it that much more valuable. Since it is deep in the jungle, not many people or animals will be in contact with such a place. As for right now, the location is still kept a secret. Also the Honduran government is working on protecting it from being harmed from things such as deforestation. Hopefully they can get enough funding to preserve the area, until the excavation can being.
This is the article: