National Geographic : 2015 Oct
lost city 109 TERRACES B A PLAZA CANOPY GROUND RUINS A B 2,000 FT CONSTANT ALTITUDE ABOVE GROUND LEVEL 449 ft (137 m) LOST CITY ILLUMINATED An artist used lidar data to portray structures surveyed in the T1 valley in Mosquitia during the February 2015 expedition. Many more features remain to be mapped and explored. CANALS Evidence hints that canals were dug to irrigate agricultural areas. CACHE Fifty-two artifacts, including a stone seat decorated with the head of a jaguar, were found poking out of the ground at the base of an earthen pyramid. EARTHEN PYRAMID MOUNDS Earthen mounds of different shapes and sizes are scattered throughout the site. They likely supported structures. BUILDINGS Large thatched-roof structures likely had stone foundations; smaller ones were made of wood and earth. PLAZA Open areas flanked by mounds were probably used for large gatherings. TERRACES Farmers cut terraces into the land, making it easier to grow and harvest crops.