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"The misplaced secrets and techniques of Maya Technology unearths what a scientifically complex humans the Maya particularly have been. counting on his historical past as a qualified engineer, James O'Kon is ready to research Maya structure and write approximately it with the medical terminology it actually advantages. The e-book locations Maya engineers shoulder to shoulder with the Romans or the other historical tradition one can examine them opposed to. As an archaeologist with 20+ years of box event, this booklet opened my eyes to Maya clinical achievements that i might formerly no longer proposal possible."
--Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D., archaeologist and Director of Maya Exploration Center

"James O'Kon's booklet addresses a overlooked box, and his wide-ranging dialogue sheds new gentle on many features of Maya reports. His education as an engineer retains the e-book all in favour of truth. His writing is filled with unexpected insights…when he will get to the nitty-gritty of genuine technological know-how, this ebook shines. the ultimate bankruptcy addresses the engineering flaws that resulted in their fall…they driven their surroundings too far."
--Mark Van Stone, Ph.D., writer of 2012: technology and Prophecy of the traditional Maya

"Great advent to the unrecognized technological achievements of the Maya. This used to be my first advent to Maya device making. i discovered these chapters very fascinating. Very informative good written and supplied me with new fabric on Maya technology.".
--Thomas L. Sever, Ph.D., NASA Archaeologist

The Maya were an enigma in view that their discovery within the mid- nineteenth century. Maya technology built a sublime mathematic method, an exceptionally actual astronomy, and one of many world's 5 unique written languages. This expertise used to be extra complex than related ecu know-how by means of greater than one thousand years.

In this ebook, you will see how James O'Kon, a qualified engineer, synergistically utilized box exploration, examine, forensic engineering, and three-D digital reconstruction of Maya tasks to find misplaced Maya technological achievements. those misplaced rules of expertise enabled Maya engineers to build grand towns that towered above the rainforest, water platforms with underground reservoirs for water garage, miles of all-weather paved roads monitoring throughout the jungle, and the longest bridge within the historic world.

Maya engineers constructed structural mechanics for multi-story constructions that weren't surpassed in top until eventually the 1st "skyscraper" inbuilt Chicago in 1885, invented the blast furnace 2,000 years sooner than it was once patented in England, and built the vulcanization of rubber greater than 2,600 years ahead of Charles Goodyear. find a host of unknown wonders in The misplaced secrets and techniques of Maya Technology.

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The Maya place of origin in Mexico and critical the US used to be opened to explorers and students of antiquity. On October three, 1839, John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood boarded a boat in long island harbor and set sail for the Bay of Honduras. Little did this proficient pair know the way a lot this experience could switch their lives and bring about the rewriting of worldwide heritage. while their send set sail for the tropics, 34-year-old John Lloyd Stephens, a brand new York urban legal professional, and 40-year-old Frederick Catherwood, a British architect, have been enthralled with their project. The pair had met in England 4 years prior and validated a friendship in keeping with mutual pursuits in old paintings and structure. either males had had broad adventure within the research of vintage eu and Egyptian archaeology. they'd visited ruins of the traditional global, recording descriptions and illustrations of vintage archaeological websites. Stephens used to be a winning go back and forth author. He had traveled the previous global and had written renowned go back and forth books: Incidents of shuttle in Egypt, Arabia, Petria, and the Holy Land (1837) and Incidents of trip in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland (1838). The books have been written in a mode that supplied a chatty narrative of daily incidents that he encountered in his travels (Figure 2-3). Catherwood was once a talented artist with wide archaeological adventure within the Mediterranean and the close to East. He had knowledgeable on the Royal Academy of Arts in London and, following his formal education, grew to become a touring illustrator. Catherwood traveled widely in Greece, Egypt, Italy, and the close to East, getting ready illustrations of the traditional monuments from vintage civilizations. Stephens had discovered of attainable misplaced towns within the Yucatán and significant the USA from a booklet vendor in ny and persuaded Catherwood to accompany him within the exploration of the deserted Maya towns to checklist the websites along with his actual illustrations. Stephens had secured a diplomatic passport from President Martin Van Buren because the U. S. consultant to the critical American Federation. Stephens took nice good thing about his diplomatic prestige in touring in the course of the zone exploring the vintage Maya towns. the results of this collaboration used to be the 1841 ebook, in volumes, of Incidents of trip in significant the US, Chiapas, and Yucatán, by means of extra discoveries of Maya towns within the two-volume paintings Incidents of go back and forth in Yucatán, released in 1843. determine 2-3: John Lloyd Stephens wrote a chain of books that exposed the Maya civilization and altered international background. Wikimedia Commons. The explorations of the Maya towns have been conducted methodically and recorded with meticulous aspect. Stephens and Catherwood had received huge adventure watching Egyptian monuments and their carved hieroglyphics. This event with related historic iconography supplied a considerable heritage for his or her observations, narratives, and illustrations of Maya paintings and structure. The expertise of the digicam used to be in its infancy in this interval, and the staff had using a daguerreotype digital camera on their moment trip.

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