Jungle of Stone

Jungle of Stone

The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya

Book - 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,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062407399
Branch Call Number: 972.810160922 Car
Characteristics: xv, 528 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps


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Apr 07, 2018

Interesting, even riveting during the discoveries, entertaining but almost too detailed. But overall fascinating!

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.

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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