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Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya Hardcover – November 24, 2008
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George Stuart is founding president of the Center for Maya Research in North Carolina and the former Staff Archaeologist of the National Geographic Society.
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Top Customer Reviews
All this time later, one would be very hard-pressed to find better-informed authors on the Maya than George Stuart and his son, David. They are top experts in the field.
I really enjoyed this book as it provides a real concept of the history of this famous and beautiful site, bringing it and its rulers to life in a way I've not encountered elsewhere. The authors do go into the history of the rediscovery of the site, as some other reviewers have complained, but I found it all fascinating. It's astounding to realize just how much we now know about the dynastic rulers of this powerful city, including one female ruler, its battles with neighboring cities and about specific buildings. It's overwhelming to see how far our knowledge of the Maya has come in just the last 3 decades or so. And still only about 2% of the city has been carefully excavated!
This book strives to provide a lot of information without confusing the reader.Read more ›
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One of the most beautifully sited and preserved Classic Maya cities. David Stuart is also one of the premier Classic Mayanists. A great combination.Published on October 15, 2013 by Library maven "Peg"
Well written and comprehensive. An essential book for understanding the physical, social, cultural and political nature of Palenque. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Jay Chatzkel