Palenque, known as the `queen of Maya cities', fell into ruin when Mayan civilization suffered a mysterious collapse over a millennium ago.
Here, father-and-son team George and David Stuart lead the reader on a journey with pioneer artists and archaeologists from the 18th century on as they rediscovered Palenque and attempted to document the city's graceful and ornate palaces, temples, bas-reliefs and hieroglyphic inscriptions.
The Stuarts portray a lost world of palace intrigue, of war and peace, of brilliant architects and sculptors, of patron gods and revered ancestors, of a city teeming with craftsmen, traders and farmers.
Today Palenque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a place of new reverence and relevance for millions of modern Maya, archaeologists and all those fascinated by the history of the Maya.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 272 pages, 140 Illustrations, black and white; 27 Illustrations, color
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 20/10/2008
- Category: Archaeology by period / region
- ISBN: 9780500051566