LOST CITIES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
La Ciudad Blanca, Honduras
Six years ago a team in the Mosquitia mountains of eastern Honduras detected two large settlements hidden by jungle, prompting surmise that they had found La Ciudad Blanca. The legendary ‘White City’ of supposed great wealth had been sought since Europeans first arrived in the region. Research continues.
In 2013 Slovenian archaeologist Ivan Sprajc and his team revealed the existence of this Mayan city, complete with pyramids, temples and ball courts, in the rainforest. It was abandoned over a millennium ago. Though known to local lumberjacks and gum extractors, it had not been disclosed more widely. Discovered.
The capital of the Akkadian Empire of Mesopotamia, founded by Sargon of Akkad, flourished for a little over 100 years in the late third millennium BC. Agade must have lain somewhere in or near modern Baghdad, with many believing it is located east of the Tigris, but its remains have not yet been found. Undiscovered.