By William Carlsen
“Thrilling. …A pleasing heritage of 2 males who dramatically replaced their contemporaries’ view of the past.” — Kirkus (starred review)
In 1839 rumors of notable but baffling stone ruins buried in the unmapped jungles of crucial the United States reached of the world’s such a lot intrepid tourists. Seized by way of the experiences, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood—each already celebrated for his or her adventures in Egypt, the Holy Land, Greece, and Rome—sailed jointly out of recent York Harbor on an day trip into the forbidding rainforests of present-day Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. What they discovered could re-write the West’s figuring out of human history.
In the culture of Lost urban of Z and In the dominion of Ice, former San Francisco Chronicle journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Carlsen finds the unforgettable real tale of the invention of the traditional Maya. Enduring illness, warfare, and the torments of nature and terrain, Stephens and Catherwood meticulously exposed and documented the is still of an awesome civilization that had flourished within the Americas whilst vintage Greece and Rome—and were its rival in paintings, structure, and tool. Their outstanding publication in regards to the event, written through Stephens and illustrated by means of Catherwood, turned a sensation, hailed by means of Edgar Allen Poe as “perhaps the main fascinating e-book of go back and forth ever released” and well-known this present day because the delivery of yank archeology. most significantly, Stephens and Catherwood have been the 1st to know the importance of the Maya is still, spotting that their antiquity and class overturned the West’s assumptions concerning the improvement of civilization.
By the time of the flowering of classical Greece (400 B.C.), the Maya have been already developing pyramids and temples round relevant plazas. inside of a couple of hundred years the constructions took on a huge scale that required thousands of man-hours of work, technical and organizational expertise. Over the following millennium dozens of city-states developed, every one ruled by way of robust lords, a few with populations better than any urban in Europe on the time, and hooked up by way of road-like causeways of overwhelmed stone. The Maya built a cohesive, unified cosmology, an array of universal gods, a construction tale, and a shared inventive and architectural imaginative and prescient. They created mind-blowing stucco and stone monuments and bas reliefs, sculpting figures and hieroglyphs with sophisticated creative ability. At their top, an anticipated ten million humans occupied the Maya’s heartland at the Yucatan Peninsula, a quarter the place simply part 1000000 now stay. And but, by the point the Spanish reached the “New World,” the classic-era Maya had all yet disappeared; they'd stay a secret for the subsequent 300 years.
Today, the tables are became: the Maya are justly recognized, if occasionally misunderstood, whereas Stephens and Catherwood were all yet forgotten. in accordance with Carlsen’s rigorous learn and his personal 1,500-mile trip in the course of the Yucatan and relevant the United States, Jungle of Stone is both an exhilarating event narrative and a revelatory paintings of background that corrects our knowing of the Maya and the 2 amazing males who set out in 1839 to discover them.
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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 by William Carlsen