The “White City of Gold” Might Have Been Found in Honduras

The University of Houston and National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping team produced this 3D digital topological map which when examined shows a man-made plaza ringed in red Read more:

Researchers might have found the legendary lost White City of Gold (Ciudad Blanca) in the jungles of Honduras. If true, it is a find equivalent to that of Machu Picchu. It is said to be the birthplace of the Aztec god, Quetzlcoatl. The city had Pyramids and the rulers were said to have eaten off plates of gold.

The lost city has been the source of legend and exploration since first mentioned by Herman Cortes in 1526, less than five years after conquering the Aztecs.

Cortes began searching for the land’s reported El Dorado and that marked the beginning of the legend of Ciudad Blanca. In 1544, Bishop Cristobol de Pedraza of Honduras wrote to the King of Spain about his trip to this large city in one the valleys on the Mosquito Coast in which the nobles ate from plates of gold.

Sightings over the decades have included tales of golden idols and elaborate white stone carvings, from which its name was derived.

Numerous expeditions have been launched to find the city, some claimed to have found it.

Indian groups in the region have various stories about the city and some claim that entry is forbidden.

Scientists now believe they have found it thanks to the new technique of laser mapping (light detection and ranging). They believe they can detect Pyramids and other man-made structures. Of course scientists have flown over it and are recording data. The next step is for archaeologists to make the trek through the dense jungle to check it out.

Read the story at the Daily Mail