Frederick catherwood and john lloyd stephens

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Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol 1 by John Lloyd Stephens

It takes a lot for me to give a book five stars. Id give this one six, if I could. First, however, let me state that this book isnt for everyone. I read it because, as a student of Maya history for 25 years, its required. I should have read it sooner. Its the true story of two men who traveled through the Maya world in 1840 and brought their information back to the masses. I believe that we care today because of the passion they had for the ruins all those years ago.

After visiting some of the places John Lloyd Stephens writes about, I can honestly say that this book - after 150 years - is still relevant today. Stephens easy style, his adventurous spirit, and his friendship with Frederick Catherwood (the artist who traveled with him) all made this an extraordinary read. His excitement at seeing the ruins for the first time, his way of describing them without judgment - is something all of us strive for in the archaeology field.

Okay, so his crazy passion for crawling down inside volcanoes was a bit odd. As was his adoration of his macho, his mule. But when he described a thunderstorm one night - the flashes of light illuminating the ruins around him - I could see it. I was there. Its one hundred and fifty years later, and I was right there with him.

At one point, (I read the complete set of books - 900 pages) I wanted to write both Stephens and Mr. C a letter to tell them how much I appreciated what they did and that they captured it - both in their own way - on paper. And then I remembered that theyd both been dead for years. So, these five stars are my fan letter to them both. I want to shake your hand. Thank you for letting me see these exquisite buildings through your eyes. And mostly, I want to write something today that touches another person one hundred and fifty years from now.
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Frederick Catherwood 27 February — 27 September was an English artist , architect and explorer, best remembered for his meticulously detailed drawings of the ruins of the Maya civilization. He explored Mesoamerica in the mid 19th century with writer John Lloyd Stephens.
John Lloyd Stephens

John Lloyd Stephens

John Lloyd Stephens and his traveling companion Frederick Catherwood are probably the most famous couple of Mayan explorers. Incidents of Travel is a series of anecdotal tales about their travel in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras visiting the ruins of many ancient Maya sites. John Lloyd Stephens was an American writer, diplomat, and explorer. Trained in law, in he went to Europe and visited Egypt and the Near East. At his return, he wrote a series of books about his travels in the Levant.

The names of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood are forever linked to the Maya and Mayan studies as the two great explorers who documented the ruins from Copan in the south to Chichen Itza in the north. Catherwood's publication of his book of lithographs Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan furthered the world-wide interest and lifted the Maya civilization out of obscurity and into world consciousness. As noted elsewhere, Stephens and Catherwood were not the first explorers of the ancient Mayan sites though they are routinely designated so. They were, however, the first to visit so many sites and, more importantly, to document what they found there with precision and accuracy. John Lloyd Stephens was born 28 November in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, graduated Columbia with a law degree, and practiced law in New York until he was diagnosed with a throat infection.

Jul 12, The names of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood are forever linked to the Maya and Mayan studies as the two great explorers.
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For the swathes of modern-day travelers who descend on Central America year after year, most would agree that no visit would be complete without wandering the mysterious and monumental Mayan ruins found scattered through southern Mexico , Guatemala, Belize and Honduras by an ancient civilization that flourished there between AD and AD. Yet, in , the year that Frederick Catherwood was born, few were aware of these now world-famous vestiges. - All rights reserved. Today's archaeologists have amazing technology to guide their work in the search for the past, but in the s, explorers had to rely on different methods of collecting data.

John Lloyd Stephens , born Nov. Bored with the practice of law and advised to travel for reasons of health, in he set out on a journey that took him through eastern Europe and the Middle East , where he was particularly drawn to many of the archaeological sites. He obtained an appointment as U. At times they nearly despaired of finding what they sought, but their perseverance was vastly rewarded. After coming upon a wall of uncertain significance, they were stunned by the appearance of a magnificently carved stone stela slab. Other discoveries—more stelae, terraces, stairways, and walls with strange and fantastic ornamentation—came in quick succession. There and elsewhere, including Uxmal and Palenque in Mexico, Catherwood set about drawing the Maya remains.

Please enable Javascript in your browser preferences, or consider using the latest version of Firefox , Mozilla , Netscape , Internet Explorer , or Safari. John Lloyd Stephens , accompanied by artist Frederick Catherwood , blazed the trail for future Mayanists, hacking through thick underbrush in to uncover ruins in forty or more little-known Maya cities in Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, and Honduras. Stephens accurately predicted that the hieroglyphs inscribed on buildings, altars, and monuments were texts that could be read phonetically. He also believed the figures depicted on the monuments were not gods, but historical personages, and the glyphs, when translated, would describe their deeds as rulers of the cities where they lived. In the s and s, linguists, epigraphers, art historians, archaeologists, and ethnologists began a successful collaboration to decipher the Maya writing system. Their scholarship revolutionized our understanding of the Classic Maya the Classic Maya date from ca. He created several depictions of Copan, Honduras, a Classic Maya city.

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