A team of archaeologists has discovered what seems to be an ancient lost city deep in the rainforests of Honduras.
The researchers from Honduras and the United States believe they have uncovered the legendary “City of the Monkey God”, of which very little is known.
The researchers discovered a pyramid, several stone sculptures and a map of the city, but will not reveal the exact location for fear that the site will be vandalized by looters.
According to reports, the archaeologists have left approximately 53 artifacts unexcavated.
Christopher Fisher, one of the archaeologists who took part in the exhibition, explained that the site has been incredibly well preserved and the stone sculptures appear to be some sort of offerings for deities.
The researchers note that the sculptures were discovered at the bottom of the earthen pyramid. The archaeologists believe there are still many artifacts to be discovered below the ground.
Fisher said that the most impressive object uncovered was a sculpture that resembles an anthropomorphic jaguar creature which dates back to 1,000 and 1,400 C.E.
Explorers have been searching for the lost “City of the Monkey God” for decades.
Theodore Morde claimed he found the remains of the city back in the 1940s in Mosquitia. He did not reveal the exact location, just like the recent team of explorers.
No one knows for sure if what they found is actually the “City of the Monkey God”, because there are many lost cities buried deep in the luscious Honduras rainforests.
Aside from discovering the ancient artifacts, the explorers noted the virginal condition of the rainforest itself. The researchers stated that the animals were not even scared of them.
Mark Plotkin, an ethnobotanist explained that the Honduras rainforest is one of the most pristine ones in Central America. Plotkin added that the site is extremely important.
A representative from the Honduran Institute of Anthropology said that although the area has been undisturbed for so long, it is under threat by the deforestation around it.
According to him, most of the rainforest and the surrounding valley could disappear in the next eight years if we don’t do something to avoid it.
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