There may or may not be Atari game cartridges buried in the New Mexico desert, UFO research in the Nevada desert, and, apparently, the site of a Jawa village in the California desert. Not quite a latter-day Lost City, but it makes me wonder how easy it would actually be to keep an entire village secret.
Taoyuan has come a long way since becoming the subject of a famous prose-poem book – Peach Blossom Shangri-la – by the poet Tao Yuanming (365-427 AD). Then it was described as a tiny, concealed village only connected to the rest of China by a long and narrow tunnel that had been discovered accidentally by a wandering fisherman.
These days Taoyuan is a fully-fledged county with a population of close to a million—rather better connected to the world outside, courtesy of telephones.
Nueva Germania, the colony founded by Aryanists including Elisabeth Nietzsche (the philosopher's evil sister), is another case in point. I have a copy of Ben Macintyre's Forgotten Fatherland – part biography, part travelogue – in which he recounts his journey into the depths of Paraguay in search of a settlement he wasn't certain still existed. It did, although the Aryan/Lutheran/anti-Semite/vegetarian fire had largely gone out: once the colony had collapsed and Elisabeth had returned to Germany, those remaining had more pressing concerns.
Fast-forward to 2005: 'a Wagner-loving San Francisco composer who is mounting a determined crusade to rebuild the Aryan dream and has sought assistance from Vice President Dick Cheney, two U.S. philanthropic groups, a Southern California town council, Bay Area artists, and a U.S. filmmaker best known for the underground movie Scorpio Rising and the book Hollywood Babylon.' Pay a visit, if you like. I wonder whether there are any lost settlements in the world without links to legendary philosophers, hints of their existence still gathering archival dust...
While researching this I came upon a musical act called Hidden Village: not really my thing, but interesting to watch.