It seems that 2016 will be an exciting year in archaeology as three days into excavations at the mysterious ancient city in the jungle of Honduras, researchers already unearthed numerous ancient artifacts that will offer insight into the mysterious civilization that erected the ancient city many researchers refer to as the legendary ‘White City’.
A few days ago, the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez announced the excavations that will begin in an effort to unravel the mysteries behind “The White City” and the mysterious civilization that erected it. Initial results are far more promising than anyone expected earlier.
According to reports from National Geographic, the group of researchers led by Chris Fisher discovered over a dozen artifacts at the archaeological site. Among the items, the group of researchers uncovered elaborately decorated stone jars depicting animal heads and several geometric patterns.
Las year, archaeologists discovered over 50 artifacts located near the base of the Pyramid at the center of the ancient city.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández had the honor to personally remove the first stone sculpture discovered at the site, a vessel made of basalt which is decorated with two animal figures, one of which possibly depicts the head of a fer-de-lance, a poisonous snake native to the region.
In the article, National Geographic writes: “One of the metates is incised with a series of designs that archaeologists say seem to resemble those found in a Maya “sky band,” an abstract depiction of the night sky.” “This could be a significant find, helping scientists to understand the connection between the largely unknown and unnamed culture of prehistoric Mosquitia and its powerful Maya neighbors to the west and north.”
The name “City of the Monkey God” originates from Theodore More, an explorer who claims to have discovered the ruins of the mysterious city in the 1940’s. Morde never disclosed the location of the ancient city over fears it would be looted and destroyed.
In March 2015, archaeologists announced the finding of not only a lost city but what could be a previously unknown civilization in the Americas. Last year, researchers were lucky to discover several well-preserved items, among them, an effigy of a “were-jaguar,” a head depicting a mysterious being, half man, half jaguar, including a dozen of buried figures. The artifacts and structures were left in the protection of the military until the second expedition was mounted in order to adequately study the incredible discovery.
Historians and researchers have spent years telling stories about the alleged white walls of a lost city among the foliage of the jungle. Indigenous people also speak of a “white house” or “place of cacao” where the natives took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors says “National Geographic”.
First archaeological estimates place the settlement to date somewhere between the 10th and 14th centuries. The discovery itself is amazing as researchers do not even have a name for this long lost ancient Mesoamerican civilization.
“It shows that even now, well into the 21st century, there is so much to discover about our world,” said Christopher Fisher, the lead archaeologist.