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A Glimpse at Guatemala, and Some Notes on the Ancient Monuments of Central America

A Glimpse at Guatemala, and Some Notes on the Ancient Monuments of Central America


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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108017046

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  • Alfred Percival Maudslay (1850–1931) was a British colonial administrator and archaeologist who is widely considered the founder of modern Mesoamerican archaeology. After graduating from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1872 Maudslay made his first visit to Guatemala before becoming a colonial administrator working in Trinidad and Fiji. After retiring from colonial service in 1880 he returned to Guatemala and began exploring and excavating major Mayan sites including Chichen Itza, Copán, Palanque and Quiriguá. Maudsley pioneered scientific exploration and recording of these monuments, using techniques which later became standard. First published in 1899, this volume documents Maudslay's last expedition to Guatemala with his wife Anne Cary Maudslay, and contains detailed descriptions and plans of the archaeological sites he had excavated during his previous expeditions. An appendix contains the first excavation reports of Quiriguá and Tikal (1883) and Copán (1886), previously published in the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society.

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108017046
    • length: 490 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.16kg
    • contains: 89 b/w illus. 29 colour illus. 15 maps 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of maps and plates
    1. The voyage
    2. The city
    3. The start
    4. Antigua
    5. The volcanoes
    6. The road to Godines
    7. The lake of Atitlan
    8. The Quiché and Cachiquels
    9. Across the Altos
    10. Uspantan and the Rio Negro
    11. Coban and the Vera Paz
    12. Ruins at Rabinal
    13. The Road to Zacapa and Copan
    14. Copan
    15. Copan in 1885
    16. Copan in 1885 continued
    17. Copan to Quirigua
    18. On the way to the coast
    19. Cajabon and the northern forests
    20. The ruins of Ixkun and the Pine Ridge
    21. Chichén Itzá
    22. Laguna and the Rio Usumacinta
    23. Palenque
    24. Tikál and Menché
    25. Conclusions
    26. The hieroglyphic inscriptions
    Explorations in Guatemala, and examination of the newly-discovered Indian ruins of Quiriguá, Tikal, and the Usumacinta.

  • Authors

    Anne Cary Maudslay

    Alfred Percival Maudslay

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