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The ancient cities of the New world : being voyages and explorations in Mexico and Central America from 1857-1882

Author: Désiré Charnay; J Gonino; Helen S Conant
Publisher: New York : Harper & Bros., ©1887.
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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 civilizations. Beginning in Mexico, Charnay notably examines the ancient city of Tula and also the history of Yucatán,  Read more...
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Charnay, Désiré, 1828-1915.
Ancient cities of the New world.
New York, Harper & Bros., 1887
(OCoLC)592553154
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Désiré Charnay; J Gonino; Helen S Conant
OCLC Number: 2364125
Description: xlvi, 514 pages : including frontispiece (portrait) illustrations, plates, folded map ; 26 cm
Contents: Vera Cruz and Puebla --
Mexico --
The Indians --
Tula --
Tula : pyramid of the sun : antiquities of Tula --
Palpan and the Toltecs --
Teotihuacan --
Teotihucaun (continued) --
Mountain exploration --
Tenenepanco and Nahualac cemeteries --
Bellote --
Comalcalco --
Las playas and Palenque --
Palenque temples --
Vucatan, Merida, and the Maya race --
Ake and Izamal --
Izamal en route for Chichen --
Chichen-itza --
Kabah and Uxmal --
Uxmal --
Campeche and Tenosique --
Lorillard town --
Peten, Tayasal, Tikal, and Copan --
Tumbala : S. Cristobal : Mitla.
Responsibility: by Désiré Charnay; translated from the French by J. Gonino and Helen S. Conant.

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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 civilizations. 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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