Palenque: eternal city of the Maya

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Thames & Hudson, Oct 26, 2008 - Architecture - 272 pages
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Sunday, 15 June 1952. Having spent four years clearing a secret passage inside Palenque's Temple of the Inscriptions, Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz gazed into a vaulted chamber. There, beneath a gigantic carved stone block, he would make a spectacular discovery: the intact burial of King Pakal, complete with jade jewelry and an exquisite burial mask.
Pakal was the most prominent among a long line of monarchs who held sway at Palenque from AD 300 to 800, deep in the mountains of southeastern Mexico. This 'queen of Maya cities' fell into ruin and was abandoned when Maya civilization suffered a mysterious collapse over a millennium ago.
Through the eyes of David Stuart and George Stuart, we travel with pioneer artists and archaeologists from the 18th century on as they rediscovered Palenque and attempted to document the city's graceful and ornate palaces, temples, bas-reliefs and hieroglyphic inscriptions.
Today Palenque, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a place of new reverence and relevance for millions of modern Maya, New Age spiritualists, and all those fascinated by the history of the Maya. For them and for the host of visitors to Mexico, this is the perfect guide.

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User Review  - Bryn Donovan - Goodreads

The authors, archeologists George and David Stuart, are father and son, so that's pretty cool. The first 100 pages or so of this book deals with the gradual discovery of Palenque in more modern times ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leonide Martin - Goodreads

Detailed and readable account of the history of Palenque. Very nice illustrations. Some thought-provoking ideas, such as the ancient Mayas having foreknowledge of dynastic cycles coming to completion ... Read full review


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George Stuart is president of the Boundary End Archaeology Research Center in North Carolina.

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