March 11, 2015

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Lucas Guidetti Perez

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Early Records of the Mayan World

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Stela N by Alfred Maudslay, Copan, Honduras 1885 A few years ago, I went on a trip to the Mayan World in Guatemala and southern Mexico. I visited some of the main Mayan Cities like Palenque, Chichen Itza, Tikal and others. Nowadays, these archeological places aren’t so wild and mysterious …

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Stela N by Alfred Maudslay, Copan, Honduras 1885

A few years ago, I went on a trip to the Mayan World in Guatemala and southern Mexico.
I visited some of the main Mayan Cities like Palenque, Chichen Itza, Tikal and others.
Nowadays, these archeological places aren’t so wild and mysterious as they use to be when discovered. Dotted with facilities for tourists and newly cut grass, some visitors might mistake these places for a theme park.

However, the amazing pyramids and temples, plus the energy of the whole place makes you quickly realize that you are indeed witnessing something that has been forged by a very old civilization, an impressive achievement, and a milestone in the history of humanity.

I remember what fascinated me the most were the old photos and drawings that I found of these ruins when they where first discovered. How incredible it would be to be the first to encounter the trace of an extinct civilization buried behind the deep jungle for centuries.

This idea fascinates me, so I started a search for the early graphic material of these archeological places. Explorers in the 19th century, such as Frederick Catherwood, Alfred Maudslay, were the first ones to have a graphic record of the old Mayan cities through drawings and black and white photos.

I collected some of the early and more relevant pictures of these early Mayan explorers.

Get inspired by these photographic treasures and enjoy!

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Alfred Maudslay in the tower of the palace, Palenque, Mexico 1890
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George Gordon sits next to a figure seated on a throne on the Hieroglyphic Stairway, Copan, Honduras 1900
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Temple of the Inscriptions Palenque, Mexico 1890
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Alfred Maudslay at Chichenitza, Mexico 1900
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Temple Chichenitza by Maudslay 1900
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Stela in Copan, Honduras 1900
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First Drawing of Palenque by Catherwood, Mexico 1840
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Alberto Ruz discovering the Pakal sarcophagus in Palenque, Mexico
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Tulum temple by Catherwood, Mexico 1840

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