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kindle ↠ Jungle of Stone and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya ´ William Carlsen ´ [Reading] ➽ Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey of John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya By WilliThe acclaimed chronicle of the discovery of the legendary lost civilization of the Maya Includes the history of the major Maya sites including Palenue Uxmal Chichen Itza Tuloom Copan and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Illustrated with amap andthan 100 images In 1839 rumors ofextraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the worlds most intrepid travelers Seized by the reports American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwoodboth already celebrated for their adventures in Egypt the Holy Land Greece and Romesailed together out of New York Harbor on an expedition into the forbidding rainforests of present day Honduras Guatemala and Mexico What they found wouldupend the Wests understanding of human historyIn the tradition ofLost City of ZandIn the Kingdom of Ice formerSan Francisco Chroniclejournalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Carlsen reveals theremarkable story of the discovery of the ancient Maya Enduring disease war and the torments of nature and terrain Stephens and Catherwood meticulously uncovered and documented the remains of an astonishing civilization that had flourished in the Americas at the same time as classic Greece and Romeand had been its rival in art architecture and power Theirmasterful book about the experience written by Stephens and illustrated by Catherwood became a sensation hailed by Edgar Allan Poe as perhaps the most interesting book of travel ever published and recognized today as the birth of American archaeology Most important Stephens and Catherwood were the first to grasp the significance of the Maya remains understanding that their antiuity and sophistication overturned the Wests assumptions about the development of civilizationBy the time of the flowering of classical Greece 400 bc the Maya were already constructing pyramids and temples around central plazas Within a few hundred years the structures took on a monumental scale that reuired millions of man hours of labor and technical and organizational expertise Over the next millennium dozens of city states evolved each governed by powerful lords some with populations larger than any city in Europe at the time and connected by road like causeways of crushed stone The Maya developed a cohesive unified cosmology an array of common gods a creation story and a shared artistic and architectural vision They created stucco and stone monuments and bas reliefs sculpting figures and hieroglyphs with refined artistic skill At their peak an estimated ten million people occupied the Mayas heartland on the Yucatan Peninsula a region where only half a million now live And yet by the time the Spanish reached the New World the Maya had all but disappeared; they would remain a mystery for the next three hundred yearsToday the tables are turned the Maya are justly famous if sometimes misunderstood while Stephens and Catherwood have been nearly forgotten Based on Carlsens rigorousresearch and his own 1500 mile journey throughout the Yucatan and Central America Jungle of Stone is eually a thrilling adventure narrative and a revelatory work of history that corrects our understanding of Stephens Catherwood and the Maya themselves Having read John Lloyd Stephens books and those of Victor Von Hagen as well as Fabio Bourbon I was concerned that Mr Carlsen's book would offer nothing new to the epic adventures of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood but my misgivings were misplacedThis is an excellent and we'll researched book which successfully combines a rollicking adventure story with a fascinating historical narrativeI recommend this book unreservedlyOne small point however Mr Carlsen mentions that the only known portrait of Mr Catherwood is a rendering by himself where he is depicted measuring the ruins at Tulum my understanding is that a portrait did exist now sadly at present lost If this is true then we can only hope that one day it makes an appearance Congratulations Mr Carlsen loved the book

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The acclaimed chronicle of the discovery of the legendary lost civilization of the Maya Includes the history of the major Maya sites including Palenue Uxmal Chichen Itza Tuloom Copan and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Illustrated with amap andthan 100 images In 1839 rumors ofextraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the worlds most intrepid travelers Seized by the reports American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwoodboth already celebrated for their adventures in Egypt the Holy Land Greece and Romesailed together out of New York Harbor on an expedition into the forbidding rainforests of present day Honduras Guatemala and Mexico What they found wouldupend the Wests understanding of human historyIn the tradition ofLost City of ZandIn the Kingdom of Ice formerSan Francisco Chroniclejournalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Carlsen reveals theremarkable story of the discovery of the ancient Maya Enduring disease war and the torments of nature and terrain Stephens and Catherwood meticulously uncovered and documented the remains of an astonishing civilization that had flourished in the Americas at the same time as classic Greece and Romeand had been its rival in art architecture and power Theirmasterful book about the experience written by Stephens and illustrated by Catherwood became a sensation hailed by Edgar Allan Poe as perhaps the most interesting book of travel ever published and recognized today as the birth of American archaeology Most important Stephens and Catherwood were the first to grasp the significance of the Maya remains understanding that their antiuity and sophistication overturned the Wests assumptions about the development of civilizationBy the time of the flowering of classical Greece 400 bc the Maya were already constructing pyramids and temples around central plazas Within a few hundred years the structures took on a monumental scale that reuired millions of man hours of labor and technical and organizational expertise Over the next millennium dozens of city states evolved each governed by powerful lords some with populations larger than any city in Europe at the time and connected by road like causeways of crushed stone The Maya developed a cohesive unified cosmology an array of common gods a creation story and a shared artistic and architectural vision They created stucco and stone monuments and bas reliefs sculpting figures and hieroglyphs with refined artistic skill At their peak an estimated ten million people occupied the Mayas heartland on the Yucatan Peninsula a region where only half a million now live And yet by the time the Spanish reached the New World the Maya had all but disappeared; they would remain a mystery for the next three hundred yearsToday the tables are turned the Maya are justly famous if sometimes misunderstood while Stephens and Catherwood have been nearly forgotten Based on Carlsens rigorousresearch and his own 1500 mile journey throughout the Yucatan and Central America Jungle of Stone is eually a thrilling adventure narrative and a revelatory work of history that corrects our understanding of Stephens Catherwood and the Maya themselves Excelente libro dibujos impresionantes y lectura rapida

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Jungle of Stone The Extraordinary Journey of John L Stephens and Frederick Catherwood and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the MayaThe acclaimed chronicle of the discovery of the legendary lost civilization of the Maya Includes the history of the major Maya sites including Palenue Uxmal Chichen Itza Tuloom Copan and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Illustrated with amap andthan 100 images In 1839 rumors ofextraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the worlds most intrepid travelers Seized by the reports American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwoodboth already celebrated for their adventures in Egypt the Holy Land Greece and Romesailed together out of New York Harbor on an expedition into the forbidding rainforests of present day Honduras Guatemala and Mexico What they found wouldupend the Wests understanding of human historyIn the tradition ofLost City of ZandIn the Kingdom of Ice formerSan Francisco Chroniclejournalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Carlsen reveals theremarkable story of the discovery of the ancient Maya Enduring disease war and the torments of nature and terrain Stephens and Catherwood meticulously uncovered and documented the remains of an astonishing civilization that had flourished in the Americas at the same time as classic Greece and Romeand had been its rival in art architecture and power Theirmasterful book about the experience written by Stephens and illustrated by Catherwood became a sensation hailed by Edgar Allan Poe as perhaps the most interesting book of travel ever published and recognized today as the birth of American archaeology Most important Stephens and Catherwood were the first to grasp the significance of the Maya remains understanding that their antiuity and sophistication overturned the Wests assumptions about the development of civilizationBy the time of the flowering of classical Greece 400 bc the Maya were already constructing pyramids and temples around central plazas Within a few hundred years the structures took on a monumental scale that reuired millions of man hours of labor and technical and organizational expertise Over the next millennium dozens of city states evolved each governed by powerful lords some with populations larger than any city in Europe at the time and connected by road like causeways of crushed stone The Maya developed a cohesive unified cosmology an array of common gods a creation story and a shared artistic and architectural vision They created stucco and stone monuments and bas reliefs sculpting figures and hieroglyphs with refined artistic skill At their peak an estimated ten million people occupied the Mayas heartland on the Yucatan Peninsula a region where only half a million now live And yet by the time the Spanish reached the New World the Maya had all but disappeared; they would remain a mystery for the next three hundred yearsToday the tables are turned the Maya are justly famous if sometimes misunderstood while Stephens and Catherwood have been nearly forgotten Based on Carlsens rigorousresearch and his own 1500 mile journey throughout the Yucatan and Central America Jungle of Stone is eually a thrilling adventure narrative and a revelatory work of history that corrects our understanding of Stephens Catherwood and the Maya themselves Really good book I've been to some of the places they excavated but didn't know anything about the people who found them and how difficult it was to get to the sites and how physically and mentally tough these guys were If you like this type of book and I do then it's well worth reading