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The White City of the Monkey

Just in spring of 2015, explorers found the ruins of this ancient city, called T1,  in the Mosquitia region of the Central American country and specifically, in the Honduran Rainforest. 
The discovery was accomplished u
sing light detection to scan through the dense vegetation of the area rumored to house the mythical white stoned city, archeologists tracked the city that lay untouched for centuries. Many ancient stones have been found that are considered to be as offering to ancient animal-like gods. Searching is still in progress as the explorers want to find out the history of this vanished culture that still doesn't have a name.


The ancient City of Troy which was known from Homer's Iliad was considered to be a great one that was destroyed by a huge wooden Horse. Actually, ventures in northwestern Turkey, in 1871, proved that it was destroyed by an earthquake. 
An amazing fact during the excavations is that nine ancient cities were layered on top of each other, the earliest dating back to about 5,000 years prior to the dig, and Troy was on the sixth layer.

Great Zimbabwe

The glamourous stone palace of the biblical Queen of Sheba in sub-Saharan Africa began in the 16th century, according to television series NOVA. Great Zimbabwe was "discovered" by a young German named Carl Mauch in 1871, although it was inhabited by local Karanga people, according to the series. Historians think that it was built in 1250 as a spiritual center and abandoned in the 15th century, but many argue about from whom it was exactly built as clues of "white builders" were found. 

Canopus and Heracleion

Thonis-Heracleion (the Egyptian and Greek names of the city) is a city lost between legend and reality. The city was founded probably around the 8th century BC, underwent diverse natural catastrophes, and finally sunk entirely into the depths of the Mediterranean in the 8th century AD. 
Some objects found underwater only came out of the water the last years and others have never left Egypt before.The underwater excavation is still ongoing but many exhibitions have been held so far.

Machu Picchu

The "Lost City of the Inca┬┤s", or to others as a, "Seven Wonder of the World', Machu Pichu remains a modern day mystery for both locals and foreigners alike. Some believe it was built during the time of Spanish invasion, to be used as an Inca stronghold and others believe the city was abandoned due to the onslaught of Western diseases introduced by European explorers. "Discovered" by a Yale professor in 1911 -as he was guided by an Peruvian tour guide-  Machu Picchu is a maze of palaces, plazas, temples and homes, organically blended into the cliffs, displaying the Inca Empire at the peak of its rule.

[via nydailynews]

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