Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya

Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya


By (author) David Stuart, By (author) George E. Stuart

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 238mm x 38mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500051569
  • ISBN 13: 9780500051566
  • Illustrations note: 167 illustrations, 27 in colour
  • Sales rank: 588,108

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Palenque, known as the queen of Maya cities, fell into ruin when Mayan civilization suffered a mysterious collapse over a millennium ago. Here, father-and-son team George and David Stuart lead the reader on a journey 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. The Stuarts portray a lost world of palace intrigue, of war and peace, of brilliant architects and sculptors, of patron gods and revered ancestors, and of a city teeming with craftsmen, traders and farmers. Today Palenque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a place of new reverence and relevance for millions of modern Maya, archaeologists and all those fascinated by the history of the Maya.

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The story of a great ancient city that should not be missed.