Honduras: Archaeologists begin excavation of possible “White City Ruins”

Posted on January 17, 2016 • Filed under: Archaeology, Honduras

telegraph.co.uk reported Honduran officials said on Friday that archaeologists have begun excavations at a mysterious site on Honduras’ Caribbean coast that may be the long-rumoured “White City” ruins. Officials said excavation that began Wednesday have so far unearthed about five dozen stone and ceramic fragments and other artefacts.

Also known as the “City of the Monkey God,” the site is located in Honduras’ jungle-covered Mosquito coastal region. The dig is being carried out by archaeologists from Honduras’ Institute of Anthropology and Colorado State University. Institute Director Virgilio Paredes said the site did not appear to be Mayan, the culture that dominated other sites in the region.

“It is a new culture, or a different culture,” Paredes said. He said that jars and bowls had been discovered that bore decorations that appeared to represent humans, jaguars, buzzards, lizards and birds. The pieces appear to date to between 1,000 and 1,500AD, Paredes said. Read Article

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