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

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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. ...

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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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Preface; 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; Index; Explorations in Guatemala, and examination of the newly-discovered Indian ruins of Quiriguá, Tikal, and the Usumacinta.

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