Archaeologists from Colorado State University have begun to dig up the possible site of the lost "White City" in Honduras almost four years after being explored. A group of archaeologists and filmmakers used an equipment called a lidar in the jungles of Mosquitia to find ruins of plazas and pyramids back in 2012 before announcing the discovery last year, per FOX News.

The government of Honduras showed its support for the uncovering of "Ciudad Blanca" or the "Lost City of the Monkey God." President Juan Orlando Hernandez announced the partnership between the Colorado State University and the Honduran government that will try to uncover a whole new civilization.

"We are blessed to be alive at such a special time in Honduran history. This discovery has created a lot of excitement because of its significance for Honduras and the world," Hernandez told the media via The Independent.

Artifacts found in the site will be exhibited at the museum in Catacamas under the care of the Honduras Institute of Anthropology. It is called the "Lost City of the Monkey God" because legends say that a monkey once kidnapped a woman to be able to breed half-man, half-monkey creatures.

FOX News noted that Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes first mentioned the city back in the 16th century in a letter sent to Emperor Charles V. Cortes said that the city had more gold than Mexico. However, Cortes never found the so-called "White City" or "Cuidad Blanca" because of the difficulty of the journey. The city got its name because of the presence of white limestone rocks in the area.

The report added that American explorer Theodore Morde claimed to have found the lost city back in 1939, but he was killed in a vehicular accident before telling his discovery. The Guardian noted in their report that the site probably existed between 1,000 A.D. and 1,400 A.D. and is possibly a non-Mayan civilization.

The findings in Honduras will be compared to several recently discovered ancient cities in Nicaragua to discover any similarities. Archaeologists are excited to find more details of a whole new civilization from Central America that are not Mayans.

Chris Fisher of Colorado State University and National Geographic clarified that the site will be called "City of the Jaguar" because a number of artifacts found in the area have jaguar carvings. "Ciudad Blanca" or the "White City" will now refer to the entire region where the site is found.

In a report by the National Geographic, the excavation project headed by the Colorado State University and the Honduran government is supported and funded by the National Geographic Society.