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Real-life adventure tale details search for legendary city

New book shows just how thrilling archaeology can be

8:00am, January 22, 2017
Honduran valley

LEGENDARY CITY  As described in a new book, researchers working in this valley in eastern Honduras discovered the ruins of a culture that may have inspired the “White City” myth.

The Lost City of the Monkey God
Douglas Preston
Grand Central Publishing, $28

Legend has it that hundreds of years ago, a rich, powerful city stood in the jungle of what is now eastern Honduras. Then, suddenly, all of the residents vanished, and the abandoned city became a cursed place — anyone who entered risked death.

In a captivating real-life adventure tale, journalist and novelist Douglas Preston argues that the legend is not complete fiction. The Lost City of the Monkey God is his firsthand account of the expedition that uncovered the sites of at least two large cities, along with other settlements, that may form the basis of the “White City” myth. Even the curse might be rooted in reality.

Stories of the White City

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