A culture that thrived thousands of years ago, but then completely vanished has been rediscovered by a group of explorers deep inside a rain forest in Honduras.
Known as the "City of the Monkey God," the ancient civilization has been left untouched by humans for 600 years, according to a story first reported on NationalGeographic.com.
Photo courtesy of Dave Yoder, National Geographic
"For a hundred years, explorers and prospectors told tales of the white ramparts of a lost city glimpsed above the jungle foliage. Indigenous stories speak of a 'white house' or a 'place of cacao' where Indians took refuge from Spanish conquistadores - a mystical, Eden-like paradise from which no one ever returned," National Geographic reported.
Archaeologists found a cache of stone sculptures at the base of a pyramid that appeared to have been undisturbed, including one piece possibly of a shaman transforming into a spirit animal.
The exact location was not revealed for fear that looters could plunder the ancient treasures.