TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For centuries, tales of a “White City” — the legendary home of a lost civilization — generated myths about its archaeological and natural wonders. Archaeologists working under supervision of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History announced the discovery this month of a site in Honduras’ Mosquitia rain forest they are confident is the once-mythical place.
While the news was announced by the National Geographic Society, whose scientists are researching the site, the Honduran government is keeping the exact location secret in order to protect artifacts, as well as the region’s rich and exotic flora and fauna. The rain forest is also home to the Miskito, Pech, Rama, Sumo and Tawakha peoples.
The region, located along the Atlantic coast of eastern Honduras, is a habitat for capuchin monkeys, for which the site is also known as the “City of the Monkey God”. The lost city is said to date from 1000 to 1200 of the Common Era, and later abandoned for unknown reasons, for which it was already legendary when Columbus arrived in the area in 1502.
“We are still studying the potential impact of this discovery on archaeology, ecotourism, the environment, and protection of flora and fauna,” said Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Travelers wanting to explore Honduras’ archaeological treasures may still visit Copan, one of the best preserved cities of the Maya civilization and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in western Honduras, Copan is several centuries older than the “White City”. The government inaugurated an aerodrome in Copan on March 10 to facilitate tourism arrivals. Copan Ruinas, the charming colonial town next to the archaeological park, is located 175 kilometers from San Pedro Sula, the country’s second-largest city.