Indiana Jones-Style Expedition Uncovers Lost City in Honduras

A team of intrepid explorers has discovered a lost city deep in the rainforest that legend calls "City of the Monkey God." (Image: Veronique Debord via Compfight cc)
A team of intrepid explorers has discovered a lost city deep in the rainforest that legend calls "City of the Monkey God." (Image: Veronique Debord via Compfight cc)

Deep in the Honduran rainforest lies a city that has been untouched for hundreds of years. A civilization that can’t be tied to any known civilizations ever discovered. A place that myth and lore have named the “City of the Monkey God.” It took a black ops style helicopter operation to access the city and what they found might blow your mind.

Former combat soldiers help a helicopter take off from a secret location, carrying people and supplies. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Former combat soldiers help a helicopter take off from a secret location, carrying people and supplies. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Archaeologists had surveyed and mapped the area last year from the air. They uncovered what looked to be large mounds, ruins, plazas, and what looked to be a pyramid.

The ruins belong to a civilization that occupied this remote area of Central America over 1,000 years ago, and then vanished without a trace. For the first time last Wednesday, the team was able to visit the site where they discovered stone sculptures and an array of jungle animals that likely hadn’t seen humans in hundreds of years.

Colorado State University archeologist Christopher Fisher said that the in tact condition of the site was “incredibly rare.” He went on to note that: “The undisturbed context is unique.” It is this pristine condition of the site that has led experts to believe it has gone undiscovered for hundreds of years.

Archeologists found 52 artifacts including stone seats, as well as carved vessels decorated with snakes, vultures, and other animals.

Wading through waist-deep water to examine one of the artifacts. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Wading through waist-deep water to examine one of the artifacts. (Screenshot/YouTube)

The team documented the objects they saw at the site, but have left them unexcavated at this point.

To protect the integrity of the site, the exact location is being kept a secret.

The legend of the city has grown for hundred of years. Explorers have been told of a lost jungle city deep in the rainforest where indigenous people spoke of a “white house” or a “white city” in which the natives took refuge from Spanish conquerors. It was spoken of as a mythical paradise where nobody ever returned from. Legend also spoke of the site as the “City of the Monkey God,” a place where a large pyramid was built with a monkey figure on the top.

The valley where the site is located has some of the densest forest on the entire continent. Mark Plotkin, the team’s ethnobiologist, who has 30 years experience in Amazonia, calls it: “Clearly the most undisturbed rainforest in Central America.”

Plotkin also said the lost city’s importance “Can’t be overestimated.”

A temporary camp deep in the jungle. (Screenshot/YouTube)

A temporary camp in a cleared area deep in the jungle. (Screenshot/YouTube)

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