Hidden for Centuries

Is this Ciudad Blanca?Talk about a sci-fi writer’s wet dream. The Los Angeles Times reported today that scientists from the University of Houston have discovered an ancient city in Honduras, deep in the Central American Mosquito Coast region. Apparently, this civilization has been covered by jungle growth for centuries. (Yes, we’ve seen the scenario in film before, but this is real. Who knows what’s under there?!) The city was discovered using laser mapping technology called LIDAR (laser-based light detection and ranging) from an airplane. Many are hoping this spot will turn out to be the infamous gold-filled Ciudad Blanca (White City) mentioned by the Spanish explorer/marauder/colonizer Hernán Cortés back in 1526. (In addition to supposedly being full of loot, Ciudad Blanca is also described as the birthplace of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.) Either way, it’s bound to be pretty damned special. Imagine: a city undisturbed for hundreds of years….hmmmm. The wheels are turning already.


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