Jungle of Stone

Jungle of Stone

eBook - 2016
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Documents the true story of the nineteenth-century rediscovery of the Mayan civilization by American ambassador John Lloyd Stephens and British architect Frederick Catherwood, illuminating how their findings profoundly changed Western understandings about human history.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, c2016.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062407429
0062407422
0062407392
9780062407399
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource : ill. (some col.), maps.
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc

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Many have heard of the Mayan civilization and the ancient pyramids that were constructed in Mexico. Few, however, have heard of the men who “discovered” them and in doing so changed the way Western civilization viewed the ancient cultures of the Americas. In 1839, American diplomat John Lloyd Ste... Read More »


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tirjan
Sep 12, 2016

A wonderful read about an American and a Brit in the first half of the 19th century and their quest to discover the lost cities of the Maya Indians in Yucatan and Guatemala. Against improbable odds Stevens the American, a successful New York lawyer and author, and a Brit Catherwood, a successful artist and architect, detail the wonders of a civilization that existed for a thousand years before the arrival of Europeans. In the epilogue Carlsen correctly observes that their revelations sparked interest in New World archeology. Many would follow right up to the present day.

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mclarjh
Jul 15, 2016

Well written, comprehensive, interesting, entertaining.

ChristchurchLib Jun 27, 2016

In 1839, John L. Stephens, U.S. ambassador to Central America, went exploring in the jungles of the Yucatan. Accompanied by British architect Frederick Catherwood, Stephens wanted to verify rumors about stupendous stone ruins. Unlike the legendary El Dorado, however, the 2,000-year-old Mayan structures were real. In Jungle of Stone, author William Carlsen brings Stephens' and Catherwood's personalities to life while recounting their adventures and his own modern-day quest to retrace their footsteps.

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