Has the City of the Monkey God Been Revealed? Highlights From a Honduran Rainforest Expedition
A Benefit Lecture for SAR by Douglas Preston, journalist for National Geographic
Event, The Lensic
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm
In February 2015, an expedition to Honduras emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s time-forgotten city, never before explored. Best-selling author, journalist, SAR member and Santa Fe resident, Douglas Preston accompanied the expedition to the remote, uninhabited region, lured by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied “White City,” also referred to in legend as the “City of the Monkey God.”
On October 20, 2015, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Preston presents a benefit lecture for the School for Advanced Research, titled Has the City of the Monkey God Been Revealed? Highlights From a Honduran Rainforest Expedition, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. A post-lecture reception follows at La Fonda on the Plaza from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m.
A team of archaeologists surveyed and mapped the city’s extensive plazas, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid, all belonging to a culture that thrived a thousand years ago and then vanished. The team also discovered a remarkable cache of stone sculptures and other artifacts that had lain untouched since the city was abandoned.
The lecture coincides with Preston’s feature article in the October 2015 issue of National Geographic. He will tell stories, show slides and video clips, and talk about the mysterious people who built this city. He will also discuss the tragic aftermath of the expedition, in which half of the group fell ill with a dangerous tropical disease. This is the first time most of these images will be shown in public.
Special guest Steve Elkins, documentary filmmaker and expedition leader, will attend the post-lecture reception. Elkins is currently at work on a documentary about the discovery with co-director and fellow expeditionary, Bill Benenson.
Tickets for the October 20 benefit lecture are $10 and $25. The post-lecture reception with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at La Fonda on the Plaza is $60.
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Proceeds from the lecture and reception will benefit SAR.