John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood: Pioneers of Mayan Archaeology

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McFarland, Jan 2, 2013 - Art - 301 pages
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Daring exploits and astounding achievements were common for two 19th century adventurers--John Lloyd Stephens, a New York lawyer and best-selling author, and Frederick Catherwood, a London architect and renowned topographical artist. Separately, these explorers covered much of the same ground, touring Italy, Greece, Egypt, Arabia, and the Holy Land in search of ancient sites that were of historical significance. Jointly, these adventurers endured many life-threatening obstacles in a determined effort that led to the discovery of nearly fifty forgotten Mayan cities buried deep in the jungles of Central America and Mexico. The vivid accounts penned by Stephens coupled with the magnificent drawings of ruins by Catherwood brought back to life a vanished civilization that both considered equal to the greatness of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The story concludes with the premature and tragic deaths of the two.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Career Choices
9
2 A Budding Artist
18
3 Travels in Europe
25
4 Egypt and Beyond
31
5 Incidents of Travel in Egypt
43
6 Incidents of Travel in Arabia Petraea and the Holy Land
59
7 The Forging of a Lasting Friendship
74
14 The Last Leg
172
15 Another Story to Tell
179
16 Back to Yucatán
188
17 Newly Found Cities
204
18 Coming Full Circle
225
19 Another Tale to Be Told
241
20 A New Era of Transportation
251
21 Together Again
256

8 On the Trail of the Maya
85
9 The Journey to Belize
102
10 A Diffi cult Start
109
11 Treading Upon New Ground
119
12 A Less Rewarding Search
131
13 A Remarkable Discovery
151
22 The Debt That All Men Pay
262
23 Mr Catherwood Also Is Missing
270
Chapter Notes
275
Bibliography
283
Index
285
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Peter O. Koch is the author of several McFarland books. He lives in Bradenton, Florida.

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