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The Ancient Cities of the New World
Being Travels and Explorations in Mexico and Central America from 1857–1882

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  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108061339


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  • Beautifully illustrated throughout, this English translation of Désiré Charnay's record of his travels among the ancient cities of Mexico and Central America was first published in 1887. Born in France, Charnay (1828–1915) travelled extensively through commissions from the French government and with private patronage. He made several visits to the region between 1857 and 1886, producing in his work both a journal of his adventures and an archaeological examination of past civilisations. Beginning in Mexico, Charnay notably examines the ancient city of Tula and also the history of Yucatán, discussing aspects of Toltec and Mayan culture. He explores the ruins of Chichen Itza, Kabah and Yaxchilan (which Charnay dubbed 'Lorillard Town' after a benefactor), among many other settlements. Surveying art, pyramid architecture, ancient customs and history based on extant sources, this account was a major contribution in its field and remains of interest to scholars of Latin American archaeology.

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    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108061339
    • length: 552 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.31kg
    • contains: 220 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Vera Cruz and Puebla
    2. Mexico
    3. The Indins
    4. Tula
    5. Pyramid of the sun
    6. Palpan and the Toltecs
    7. Teotihuacan
    8. Teotihuacan (cont.)
    9. Mountain exploration
    10. Tenenepanco and Nahualac cemeteries
    11. Bellote
    12. Comalcalco
    13. Las Playas and Palenque
    14. Palenque temples
    15. Yucatan, Merida, and the Maya race
    16. Ake and Izamal
    17. Izamal en route for Chichen
    18. Chichen-Otza
    19. Kabah abd Uxmal
    20. Uxmal
    21. Campeche and Tenosique
    22. Lorillard town
    23. Peten, Tayasal, Tikal, and Copan
    24. Tumbala, S. Cristobal, Mitla

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