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In 1839, rumors of extraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the world’s most intrepid travelers. Seized by the reports, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood—both already celebrated for their adventures in Egypt, the Holy Land, Greece, and Rome—sailed together out of New York Harbor on an expedition into the forbidding rainforests of present-day Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. What they found would upend the West’s understanding of human history.

In the tradition of <em>Lost City of Z</em> and <em>In the Kingdom of Ice</em>, former <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Carlsen reveals the remarkable 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 Rome—and had been its rival in art, architecture, and power. Their masterful 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 antiquity and sophistication overturned the West’s assumptions about the development of civilization.

By the time of the flowering of classical Greece (400 b.c.), the Maya were already constructing pyramids and temples around central plazas. Within a few hundred years the structures took on a monumental scale that required 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 Maya’s 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 years.

Today, the tables are turned: the Maya are justly famous, if sometimes misunderstood, while Stephens and Catherwood have been nearly forgotten. Based on Carlsen’s rigorous research and his own 1,500-mile journey throughout the Yucatan and Central America, Jungle of Stone is equally a thrilling adventure narrative and a revelatory work of history that corrects our understanding of Stephens, Catherwood, and the Maya themselves.


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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 Maya William Carlsen
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56While it would be another century or more (Carlsen concludes in 2016 that more ruins and artifacts are still being found) before the writing was deciphered and Mayan history reconstructed from it, Stephens and Catherwood recognized that these were unique remains of an unknown civilization uniquely American in originStephens and Catherwood opened up a whole new world in Central America by their sheer will and determination, fighting unfavourable odds, in hostile weather, during the middle of a civil war, with severe illnesses"Cities of Stone: Stephens & Catherwood in Yucatan, 1839-1842"Carlsen's book does a fine job picking up the highlights of both accounts by Stephens and Catherwood ( Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas & Yucatan, 2 Vols and Incidents of Travel in Yucatan 1-2), also examines the lives of both menPersonally, I found the last part of the book, with Stephens working for the Panama Railroad Company interesting but less compelling, instead the last years of Catherwood, investing in the goldfields of California and the SS Artic tragedy, were fascinatingWhile I never realized that ambition, the love of books that take me places never left, and my life's work has enabled me to visit many of the places I read aboutBut I loved the inclusion of MrHe later published an account of the events he witnessed in Central America, Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and YucatnSite Powered by Supad GLOBAL DIVISIONS HarperCollins US HarperCollins Canada HarperCollins Christian Publishing HarperCollins Australia HarperCollins India HarperCollins UK SALES & RIGHTS Bookseller & Retailer Ordering HarperCollins Catalogs Permissions Subsidiary Rights Media Rights and Content Development BOOKSHOUT APP iPhone Android SHAZAM APP Terms of Use SERVICES HarperCollins Speakers Bureau Library Services Academic Services Desk & Review Copies OpenBook API Marketing Partnerships FOR READERS Browse Reading Guides FOR AUTHORS Submit a Manuscript Report Piracy Agent Portal MEDIA Publicity Contacts Press Room CONTACT US Customer Service Make Me an Author ABOUT US Company Profile Leadership Team Corporate Social Responsibility HarperCollins Careers HarperCollins Imprints HarperGreen Social Media Directory Accessibility

[An] adventure tale that make[s] Indiana Jones seem tameInstructions Download the Bookshout App on iOS or AndroidAt their peak, an estimated ten million people occupied the Mayas heartland on the Yucatan Peninsula, a region where only half a million now liveDesign by VOXThey were, however, the first to visit so many sites and, more importantly, to document what they found there with precision and accuracyThe book describes the adventures of John L

Stephens, J.L, Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, VolsPolitics[edit]p.105May 08, 2017 Lacey rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads-wins, minus-half-a-star *I won this book from Goodreads' First Reads.Three and a halfWhile they didn't "discover" the Mayan ruins of Central America--they weren't the first humans to see them, usually being lead by local native guides, and they weren't even the first European or American travelers to see many of the sites-- Review Title: Indiana Jones and the lost Mayan citiesFictional archeologist-hero Indiana Jones has nothing to do with this book, but real life adventurers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood actually did what the movies only imitated 150 years later

Besides large constructions, they produced works of artistic refinement such as stone and plaster sculptures, frescoes, painted pottery and bas-reliefs in woodAt this time, many of the now-famous Maya sites were unknown even to the indigenous people of the regionYou can help us create even more free articles for as little as $5 per month, and we'll give you an ad-free experience to thank you! Become a Member Recommended Books Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey of John LNov 16, 2016 Joan rated it it was amazing I loved this book but make no claim of objectivityThe links will take you to the Web site's home pageMy only minor issue was that the organization of the narrative was sometimes jumbledI liked how the book connected several different threads of history and focus - not just the history of Mesoamerican groups and their rediscovery, but also the larger history at the time of the discoveries, as doing so helps place the achievements of Stephens and Catherwood into context and demonstrates their significant contribution to historiography of Central America.Even with this being an uncorrected proof, I have no major concerns with the work

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