Lost Cities that were discovered and then not heard of again

Are Atlantis-related findings purposefully hidden and covered-up? I am no fan of “connect-the-dots-to-match-my-beliefs” conspiracy theories. But I am aware of dozens of news-items that announced some great archaeological discovery – that was then not heard of again.

An article appears in a respected Journal or Newspaper, experts excitedly report of profound discoveries of lost cities and ancient treasures and even provide pictures…and from that point forward it simply disappears from public awareness, without reappearing in the news again. In some cases references to these findings can’t even be found in the Internet – as if they never existed. It`s almost as if there are people tasked with “disappearing” certain types of information, for reasons unknown.

The Lost City in Honduras

Some things disappear for many decades only to reappear later. One strange example is that of the “lost city of the monkey god” in Honduras that was discovered in 1940, then proclaimed “non-existent”, not heard of again for more than 70 years and then reappeared as “real” in the press in 2013. It was originally discovered by Theodore Morde:

“Theodore A. “Ted” Morde (March 17, 1911-June 26, 1954) was an adventurer, explorer, diplomat, spy, journalist, and television news producer best known for his claim of discovering the “Lost City of the Monkey God”.

Morde began his career as a radio announcer before getting into journalism. In 1940, he was hired to lead an expedition to search for the “Lost City of the Monkey God” in Honduras. After five months, he claimed to have found the city and brought thousands of artifacts back to the United States to prove it. He promised to return soon for a proper excavation, but never did, nor did he reveal the precise location of his find.

Morde spent the later years of his life as a diplomat, then a producer of news films. He took his own life in 1954. In 2013,Christopher S. Stewart wrote a book about Morde and his hunt for a legendary “lost city” that some have equated with la Ciudad Blanca”

“…On June 26, 1954, Morde was found hanging from the shower stall of his parents home in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. His death was ruled a suicide by the medical examiner”

I do wonder whether it was really suicide for two reasons: First, he was a spy. Spies have a high rate of getting killed and then having it look like “suicide”. Secondly: There are two different stories about his death circulating in the press. One story is that he hung himself in the shower stall of his parents home, the other is that he died in a car crash. Both stories were spread by respectable newspapers and magazines. In fact, since the “re-discovery” of the lost city, most recent news articles simply chose the “car crash” version, as shown in this recent article by the International Business Times:

Archaeologists have discovered a lost civilisation deep in the jungles of Central America.

The lost world resembles a “vast tended garden” and lies inland from the Mosquito Coast, an area known for swamps, poisonous plants and vipers that leap at their prey.

The area was last explored over 70 years ago by Theodore Morde. The American adventurer and spy emerged from the jungle in 1940, claiming to have found a “lost city of the monkey god” with giant primate sculptures.

Morde also offered wild theories that sacrifices were made by local Indians to a gigantic idol of an ape. However, he was killed in a car crash in London before he could reveal the location of the lost kingdom.

If there are two different versions of someones death in the papers this is a strong indication that either one of them (or both) may have been “planted”, as they say in spying-circles. Why would anyone want to do that? Maybe to cover their tracks just in case it was murder rather than accident or suicide.

The article above, which we are using as one of many examples, goes on to say:

Charles Lindbergh, the first pilot to fly the Atlantic solo, had suggested that Morde explore the area, saying he had seen ruins of “an amazing ancient metropolis” when flying across Central America.

This week, at the annual meeting of the American Geo-physical Union in Cancun, Mexico, scientists will describe how they found a number of towns and dozens of 60ft-high pyramids. The site could date back to AD500.

According to Christopher Fisher, an archaeologist at Colorado State University, the palaces may have been built by a civilisation other than the Mayans and Aztecs, who were known for their human sacrifices.

Fisher and his colleagues are analysing aerial 3D images taken by using a surveying camera that bombarded the canopy with 100,000 laser pulses a second, according to the Sunday Times.

The equipment used is called “the LiDAR machine which basically can pierce through the jungle’s foliage and map whatsoever on the ground underneath,” Douglas Peston, a writer for National Geographic told the New Yorker.

The expedition was organised by Steve Elkins, a Los Angeles filmmaker, who is hoping to make a documentary about the ruins.

The reason this lost city had been ignored for more than 70 years is because “it was said” not to exist. Some papers smeared Ted Mordes reputation, proclaiming the lost city non-existent. Now, 70 years later, the lost city is being reported on as if no controversy ever existed.

But why might there have been a cover-up? Here’s an idea:  Ted Morde and his colleague Lawrence Brown, reported seeing gold, silver and platinum. Morde said he would return later to excavate because flooding had prevented it at the time. Unfortunately he died before he could either excavate or reveal the location to others. If the new archaeological excavations do not turn up any gold, silver and platinum, we might suspect the following: Someone has had 70 years time to loot the place and remove anything of value.

Of even more concern than the gold is the potential removal of archaeological artifacts that could contradict the “official version” of History. This concern is especially warranted in this case as a “temple of the monkey god” reeks not of Mayan/Aztec but of Hindu origin (see previous articles on ancient Hindu influence in the Americas). If it were of Hindu origin it would, of course, disintegrate “established views” according to which “there was no ancient trans-oceanic contact” between the cultures.

For more information on the lost city in  Honduras: La Ciudad Blanca and “Have archaeologists discovered the legendary city of gold?”


Image: A sketch based on Mordes descriptions

The Lost City below Cadiz, Spain

Another similar case lie beneath Cadiz, Spain. From a recent news report on NBC:

A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago, in mud flats in southern Spain.

“This is the power of tsunamis,” head researcher Richard Freund told Reuters.

“It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that’s pretty much what we’re talking about,” said Freund, a professor at the University of Hartford who led an international team searching for the true site of Atlantis.

To solve the age-old mystery, the team analyzed satellite imagery of a suspected submerged city just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, they believe that they pinpointed the ancient, multiringed dominion known as Atlantis.

The team of archaeologists and geologists in 2009 and 2010 used a combination of deep-ground radar, digital mapping and underwater technology to survey the site.

Freund’s discovery in central Spain of a strange series of “memorial cities,” built in Atlantis’ image by its refugees after the city’s likely destruction by a tsunami, gave researchers added proof and confidence, he said.

See link above to read the rest.

What bothers me about this news report is, again, that they are acting as if this discovery were new. But it was made already 40 years ago by Atlantis-Researcher Maxine Asher. From her Wikipedia entry:

In 1973, Asher organized an expedition, sponsored by Pepperdine University, in search of the mythical continent of Atlantis off the coast of Cadiz, Spain. Consisting of 70 teachers, students, and other interested parties, the members of the expedition planned to skin dive along the coast of Spain and Morocco, seeking evidence of the lost island. Employed at the time by Pepperdine as an audiovisual instruction expert, Asher expressed confidence from the onset that the trip would be a success.

The Expedition was conducted with the knowledge and consent of the U.S. State Department as well as the U.S. President. Maxine Asher discovered the ruins and announced her discovery to the public. After that she was banned from the site by the Spanish Government and all exploration was prevented. From there onward her “Atlantis career” trickled out and she was forgotten. The Spanish Government claimed that there was “no Atlantis” and that the exploration team were actually “American spies”. Eventually the story was forgotten and the public left to believe there was nothing to see below Cadiz. Now, 40 years later researchers have once again “discovered” the ruins. This again, gave potential looters 40 years to clear the place of gold, silver and possibly even valuable artifacts.

Lost City outside of Peru

The reputable magazine “Science News”, in its issue April 9 1966 carried a story about “Undersea Pillars” found outside of Peru:

“Strange carved rock columns, shown on this week’s front cover, some with writing on them, have been sighted by cameras six thousand feet under the sea off the coast of Peru. (Photo credit: Duke University) Dr. Robert J. Menzies, director of ocean research at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, Beaufort, North Carolina utilized a mobile deep-diving vehicle. Two upright columns, about two feet or more in diameter, were sighted extending five feet out of the mud. Two more had fallen down and were partially buried, and another angular squarish block was seen, said Dr. Menzies. The pieces were sighted from a surface ship carrying apparatus for lowering cameras to within a few feet of the ocean floor. The Oceanographic cruise of the research vessel Anton Brunn lasted for six weeks off the coasts of Peru and Ecuador in the waters of the Milne-Edward Deep, a deep trench that drops off to almost 19,000 feet in places. The cruise was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The sunken columns,” the article continued, “are located about fiftyfive miles off the city of Cal-lao, the port of Lima, capital of Peru. The oceanographer had come across the mysterious sea pillars accidentally, while foraging around for specimens of a small mollusk.
His expedition had found sixty thousand specimens of sea animals and taken a thousand underwater photographs before it stumbled across the sunken ruins…”

This story, like so many others, was never heard of again. Neither could I find any publicly accessible pictures of the columns or inscriptions.


Image: Amaru Muru, near lake Titicaca. Peru features some of the oldest and most mysterious structures above water so it would be interesting to see photos of the ruins discovered underwater. But such photos seem to be very difficult to come by.

Lost City under Lake Titicaca

The lost city under Lake Titicaca (just like reported in legends and mythology), also in Peru, is a more recent example of a discovery that was reported all over the news and then “not heard of again”. Here is a BBC News Report from the year 2000:

The ruins of an ancient temple have been found by international archaeologists under Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest lake…

A terrace for crops, a long road and an 800-metre (2,600 feet) long wall was also found under the waters of the lake, sited in the Andes mountains between Bolivia and Peru.

Dating back 1,000 to 1,500 years ago, the ruins are pre-Incan.

They have been attributed to the indigenous Tiwanaku or Tiahuanaco people, said Lorenzo Epis, the Italian scientist leading the Atahuallpa 2000 scientific expedition.

The holy temple measures 200m by 50m (660ft by 160ft) almost twice the size of an average football pitch.

More than 200 dives were made into the lake, to depths of as much as 30m (100ft), to record the ruins on film.

The explorers found the temple after following a submerged road, in an area of the lake not far from Copacabana town.

The complete findings of the 30-member team, backed by the scientific group Akakor Geographical Exploring, are to be published in November.

The team also hopes to eventually raise the archaeological remains to the surface.

Read more at the link above.  Another similar article from the Guardian can be found here.

My search for news updates on the incredible find yielded no results. No follow-up. No pictures. Maybe it will be again quiet for another 40 years only to be “newly discovered” some day.

The problem here is one of attention-span. Most news-readers do not actually take the time to dig deeper into a news-article for verification, for context, for background. So they won’t notice the little details…such as Ted Mordes death being reported differently depending on newspaper. They don’t notice that a “new discovery” is not new. If there is any attempt to cover-up Atlantis-related findings then it is with the help of the public eyes low attention-span.