Honduras, the Lost City of Gold
The legend of a mysterious lost city adorned with golden statues and vast riches, that was called La Ciudad Blanca or White City was first recorded by Hernan Cortes in 1526. The city is said to be located in la Mosquitia, in Honduras. There are several popular versions of the legend. According to one version, the city's name derived from the carved white stones and was said to be a city of great wealth. Indigenous people, on the other hand, told of a city that was the hiding place of their gods and could not be entered. A third version of the legend describes the White City as the birthplace of the god Quetzalcoatl. As the legend grew, many explorers searched for the city in the jungle of Honduras in vain.
Now, researchers from the University of Houston and the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, using advanced laser mapping, have detailed a remote region of Honduras that may have revealed the lost city of Ciudada Blanca. They used an advanced 3D mapping technology that consists in sending out laser pulses from a plane and measuring how they bounce off the ground and the vegetation, to map the surface below. By analyzing the data collected, the researchers discovered a large central plaza with a major pyramid at one end, smaller pyramids nearby and the remains of other structures around the plaza. A team of archaeologists are now planning to explore this area to verify that the ancient ruins are indeed the City of Gold.