My great uncle, a self-proclaimed explorer and amateur archeologist, traveled across the entire Americas during his later years in the mid-1910s. During one of his expeditions around North Guatemala, he heard a tale of an ancient forgotten city and extinct civilization that had been around for thousands of years from some of the locals around this area. He decided to investigate further and gathered a team of local hands, along with his wife and travel companion, who most of the time was the person taking photographs as "evidence" of their discoveries.
During those days and even today, most of the land around the northern part of Guatemala is a vast jungle with dense forest and wild life. His expedition to the site lasted almost two weeks by foot, during which time they suffered many hardships. At the end of the two weeks, they finally reached their destination. At first, it looked like a regular white sand beach that had been eroded continuously for thousands of years. But as they kept walking, they were able to see from the distance the ruins that had been carved into the cliffs of the beach, along with what seemed to be an arch, but later uncovered as a circle of some sort. Once they entered the ancient city, the writing on the walls and items left behind by its inhabitants seemed to be of a much more advanced race than that of the Mayans or Aztecs that also lived nearby. The one odd thing noted by him was that on most of the scriptures carved into the wall seemed to resemble a modern day alphabet, but none that he could decipher during his short stay.
Upon his return to the civilized and modern part of Guatemala, he was greeted by many locals who were curious at his findings. Word traveled quickly and it spread all the way to the Guatemalan government, who quickly confiscated all of the items brought back, along with almost all of the film that was taken during the expedition, of which this picture is the last remaining evidence.
The path to reach this city has since been forgotten through time and swallowed by the deep vegetation in the forest. But according to my great uncle, the knowledge within those walls would alter the history of humanity as we know it.