An Album of Maya Architecture
Over 1,200 years ago, a magnificent civilization towered above the jungles of Central America and southern Mexico. The highly sophisticated people ... Show synopsis Over 1,200 years ago, a magnificent civilization towered above the jungles of Central America and southern Mexico. The highly sophisticated people who inhabited this area had built elaborately carved temples and religious compounds, only to have their achievements disappear over the centuries, destroyed by foreign conquests, earthquakes, floods, and tropical overgrowth. This book, using as background the discoveries of nineteenth-century adventurers, describes the efforts of twentieth-century archeologists who excavated and restored a number of important sites to their former architectural splendor. Today, Mayan architecture attracts not only students of pre-Columbian civilization but also tourists, historians, and anthropologists. This book, through the author's own detailed illustrations, presents 36 sites as they appeared more than a thousand years ago. Facing the illustration of each structure is a documented text of archaelogical finds and a line drawing of existing remains. Among the sites depicted are the shrine in the Temple of the Cross at Palenque; the Acropolis and a Maya sweat bath in Piedras Negras, Guatemala; the hieroglyphic stairway, ball court, and reviewing stand in Copan, Honduras; The Palace at Sayil, Yucatan; The Palace of the Governors, in Uxmal; and The Red House and platforms on the north terrace at Chichen Itza. Archaeological references and a map of the Maya area, showing the location of illustrated sites, complete this imaginative and well-executed study of ancient Mayan architecture. Unabridged republication of the edition published by the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C., 1946. Introduction. 95 illustrations.