A MYSTERIOUS culture. A lost city. Archaeologists don’t even have a name for the people of the monkey god. But their legacy has just been discovered deep in a Honduran rainforest.
An aerial radar search for the site was prompted in 2012 by persistent local legends of a “White City” (Ciudad Blanca), or “City of the Monkey God” — an Eden-like refuge from which nobody returned.
Note: Some Honduran Archaeologist cast doubt on “National Geographic” claim that they discovered the 1,000+ year old “Lost City” “Ciudad Blanca” “White City” “City of Monkey God” in La Moskitia Region of Honduras
Many such legends prove baseless. But in this case, advanced search techniques managed to penetrate the dense rainforest to detect distinctly geometric shapes on the banks of a significant river.
The expedition has surveyed the ruins. They’ve mapped plazas, mounds and pyramids.
Most significantly, an cache of stone sculptures has found — untouched since the site was abandoned up to 1000 years ago.
Ceremonial seats. Carved vessels. Stylised creatures.
All are richly adorned with stylised snakes and vultures.
Significantly, some capture a blend of human and animal features suggesting a transformation between the two states. It’s a theme commonly attributed to Central American shamans (priest-magicians).
National Geographic reports Christopher Fisher, leader of the expedition, as saying the stash of 52 artefacts may have been an offering — but its significance is uncertain.
“The undisturbed context is unique,” he said, “this is a powerful ritual display, to take wealth objects like this out of circulation.”
Fisher says the most striking object was that of a “were-jaguar”, with its helmeted, zoomorphic (combined human and animal) features. It may have been associated with a ritualised-warfare ballgame which was a common part of Central American culture at that time, he said.
The cache has been documented, but left unexcavated.
The exact location of the find is being kept secret to protect it from looters.