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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (November 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051566
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The story of a great ancient city that should not be missed.” (American Archaeology)

About the Author

David Stuart is Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas, Austin.

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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David Stuart (b. 1965) holds the Schele Chair in Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an archaeologist who specializes in the study of ancient Maya civilization, focusing much of his research on the interpretation of art and the translation of hieroglyphic texts. He has been a major contributor to the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs since a young age, and for his work was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984. In 2011 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Stuart received his BA at Princeton University, his Doctorate at Vanderbilt University, and he taught at Harvard University from 1993 to 2004. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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My wonderful wife recently purchased this book for me as a gift.
E. K. Moseley
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.
Stanley C. Sargent
Fast paced and well written, Palenque recounts the wonders of this classic Maya site.
Andrew B. Kaplan

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. K. Moseley VINE VOICE on November 27, 2008
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My wonderful wife recently purchased this book for me as a gift. I have an interest in Mayanism and have aquired a modest library on the subject. The Stuarts have brought a thorough knowledge of the ancient Mayan city of Palenque in a manner that is informative yet enjoyable to read. The special treatment of Palenque's most celebrated king, K'inich Janab Pakal,and his ambitious building projects are worth the purchase of the book alone. The authors are gracious in acknowledging those who have contibuted knowledge to the field of Mayanism; academic as well as the general public.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edward Alexander Gerster VINE VOICE on September 14, 2009
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For anyone having an interest in Maya culture, or traveling to the ancient city of Palenque, this book is perhaps the most readable and well written books on the subject. It is scholarly without being pedantic -- very straightforward in presenting both the history of the ancient culture and of the explorers and archaeologists who later "rediscovered" the city. You can tell that this book is a labor of love from the father and son author team who reveal the brilliance of this ancient culture that is still not well understood. Beautifully drawn figures and photos are included throughout, but their numbering system and order is more than a bit confusing. As an "arm-chair archaeologist", I enjoyed this book very much and will enjoy having it at hand for future reference. I came away feeling I had learned much, and enjoyed even more. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stanley C. Sargent VINE VOICE on July 10, 2011
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In the mid-'70s, I traveled to Guatemala City for a convention addressing the latest breakthroughs in translating the Mayan glyphs. Things were just beginning to move in this area. I was lucky enough to meet the late-great Linda Schele and Peter Mattews, among others. David Stuart, co-author of this book, may have been at the convention, but if so, he was less than 10 years old and Linda was his mentor. I have a very clear recollection of sitting in a booth of the hotel bar observing with much fascination and awe as Linda and Peter shared their latest theories and breakthroughs. Needless to say, we all ended up drunk as "ahaws" ("lords") that night!

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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By George D. Porter on February 18, 2010
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Absolute superior book and well worth the price. Everyone will enjoy this historical aspect of our history. Well worth the price and extremely well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian S on July 9, 2014
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Wow, this book is high quality. Not meant to be read once and discarded, you can tell no expense was spared in producing it, and it looks like it would last a lifetime of intensive reference use. The paper is very thick and has a great texture. The pictures are high quality and it's the right size for a normal bookshelf. I love my kindle, but there's no substitute for a book like this. If you're buying this book, you probably already know who David Stuart is so I won't waste any words reinforcing what an ultra-qualified author he is on this subject.
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