Archaeological Project “White City”
Our adventure began in January of the 2015 with the signing of the cooperation agreement between the Republic of Honduras and The National Geographic Society (NGS). In 2016, a team of archaeologists from the Colorado State University together with members of The National Geographic Society (NGS) in collaboration with personal from the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History (IHAH),they initiated an expedition to the site to recover the pieces discovered, in this expedition achieved the recovery of 188 pieces which were stored in the facilities of the Ciudad Blanca Research Center located in the military air base of El Aguacate, Catacamas, Olancho.
In March 2016, the Honduran Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation (IHCIETI) and the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History (IHAH), signed a reciprocal cooperation agreement for the joint execution of the project, we took the decision to form a multidisciplinary Honduran team which would be responsible for the execution of the project, the rescue of pieces, the recognition of the three archaeological sites that conform the area called Ciudad Blanca.
For the month of August 2016 and with the collaboration of the National Secretariat of Defense (SENADE) construction began on what would be the facilities of the project today known as the “White City” Archaeological Research Center on the military air base El Aguacate, municipality of Catacamas, department of Olancho; It has 5 cabins, home of the multidisciplinary team in charge of executing the work in the field and a research center equipped with tools and special technology to develop all the scientific work.
IHCIETI was commissioned to carry out the conditioning the facilities of the research center, where we can receive visitors, a museum and a laboratory opened on March 24, 2018 by the honorable President of the Republic of Honduras, Lawyer, Juan Orlando Hernández, the objective of this center is to promote the educational and scientific tourism of Honduras and especially the archaeological project Ciudad Blanca.