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What a phenomenal book. Carlsen traces the lives of the two men who, while not the first to discover the Mayan ruins, but were the first to see the sites for what they were: an indigenous civilization. John L. Stephens was an accomplished writer and enthusiastic traveler. In addition, the profuse illustrations by Frederick Catherwood were so accurate they can be used by researchers today. Their story is remarkable.

This isn't a small book, but it never lagged or skimped on detail. I came into the book interested primarily in the ruins themselves, but I loved the detail of the revolutions, the pursuit of passage through South America from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and the early lives of Stephens and Catherwood.… (mere)
 
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ManWithAnAgenda | 7 andre anmeldelser | Feb 2, 2023 |
One of the few books I have read twice, 'Jungle of Stone' is a brilliant exposition of the archaeologists who finally unearthed the full historicity of the Mayan civilization from its jungle slumber and opened the Mesoamerican past to future generations of intellectuals.
 
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Amarj33t_5ingh | 7 andre anmeldelser | Jul 8, 2022 |
A fascinating read focused on the exploits of 19th century writer John L. Stephens and his British artist friend Frederick Catherwood and their exploration of the Yucatán peninsula.

They endured disease, storms, insects, numerous revolutions, inhospitable terrain, and seemingly impenetrable jungle to uncover and document the staggering remains of over 40 previously unknown Maya cities.

They literally brought a long lost civilization back into the light and in doing so challenged the established Euro-centric view of human history.

I must admit to being totally unaware of either gentleman and their achievements before reading this volume. It also made me aware of my equal ignorance of South American history in general - a situation I need to rectify.

The story is compelling enough but Catherwood’s intricate detailed drawings done on site add another level of awe to their achievements.
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gothamajp | 7 andre anmeldelser | Mar 31, 2022 |
The more you approach this book as life and times of John Stephens & Frederick Catherwood the more that you'll like it. Where the problem comes is that damn little is known in particular about Catherwood, the man who produced the marvelous drawings of the Mayan ruins Stephens used to illustrate his book; possibly the result of an imploding marriage resulting in the loss of a lot of documentary material. As for what I would have liked to have seen is perhaps a little more of a compare and contrast of what Stephens & Catherwood thought they were seeing with what we actually know now about the Maya. What you get is quite a lot about the colonial dueling in the region; probably not a shock since Carlsen spent much of his career in Central America as a journalist.… (mere)
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Shrike58 | 7 andre anmeldelser | Jul 26, 2020 |

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