A team of archaeologists, while searching for the ancient City of the Monkey God, discovered on something much more incredible: not just a lost city, but an entire civilization lost in the annals of time.
In 2012, an aerial survey of a remote, unexplored valley in Honduras revealed the ruins of a pre-Columbian city. Some thought that it may have been the City of the Monkey God. As the National Geographic reported:
“For a hundred years, explorers and prospectors told tales of the white ramparts of a lost city glimpsed above the jungle foliage. Indigenous stories speak of a ‘white house’ or a ‘place of cacao’ where Indians took refuge from Spanish conquistadores—a mystical, Eden-like paradise from which no one ever returned.”
The team embarked, with the permission and support of the Honduran government, to try to locate this lost city. Not only did they find said city, but they found evidence of an entire civilization with “extensive plaza, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid.” There was also a “remarkable cache” of 50 stone sculptures.
Christopher Fisher, an archaeologist on the team, remarked that finding a city like this in unspoiled condition was “incredibly rare.” The site is estimated to date back to around 1400 A.D.
The most astounding part of the discovery of this city is the realization that it is likely one of many “lost cities” that thrived a millennia ago. Since then, the cities, and their inhabitants, disappeared into the jungle.
“Old World disease decimated native populations in the Americas starting with the fall of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan,” Fisher told the Huffington Post. “These same diseases then raced person to person throughout the Americas with an incredible mortality rate. Like every other ancient culture in the Americas the impact of these events would have had devastating consequences for the ancient peoples of the Mosquitia.”
But there could be other explanations for their disappearances. What do you think?
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