Palenque Eternal City of the Maya

ISBN-10: 0500051569
ISBN-13: 9780500051566
Edition: 2008
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Description: The story of the city's rediscovery, deep in the forest-clad mountains of southeastern Mexico, told with panache by two leading Maya scholars. Sunday, June 15, 1952. Having spent four years clearing a secret passage inside Palenque's Temple of the  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 11/24/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

The story of the city's rediscovery, deep in the forest-clad mountains of southeastern Mexico, told with panache by two leading Maya scholars. Sunday, June 15, 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 one of the greatest ancient rulers and the most prominent among a long line of monarchs who held sway at Palenque from AD 300 to 800. This "queen of Maya cities," as Palenque has been called, fell into ruin and was abandoned along with other great urban centers when Maya civilization suffered a mysterious collapse more than 1000 years ago. Through the eyes of David and George Stuart, we travel with pioneer artists and archaeologists from the eighteenth century on as they rediscovered Palenque and attempted, in the oppressive tropical heat, to document the city's graceful and ornate palaces, temples, bas-reliefs, and hieroglyphic inscriptions. These inscriptions lay largely unread until, in the late twentieth century, major breakthroughs in decipherment revealed Palenque's history. David Stuart, one of the leading decipherers, portrays a lost world of palace intrigue, of brilliant architects, of gods and revered ancestors. 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. 150 illustrations, 40 in color.

David Stuart is Associate Director of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions Project, Peabody Museum, Harvard University & coauthor of "Classic Maya Place Names".

George Stuart is founding president of the Center for Maya Research in North Carolina and the former Staff Archaeologist of the National Geographic Society.

Preface
Palenque and its World
An Ancient City Discovered
Visitors Spread the Word
Archaeology Comes to Palenque
The Early Lords
The King of Kings
The House of Resurrection
Gods and Rulers
A City Fades Away
Epilogue
Summary Histories of the Rulers of Palenque
The Palenque Dynasty
Notes
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Sources of Illustrations
Index

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