The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology
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The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology

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Uses field exploration, forensic engineering, and 3-D virtual reconstruction of Maya projects to present the best of Mayan technology, including the blast furnace, giant multistory buildings, and the longest bridge in the ancient world.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 22nd 2012 by New Page Books
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Yordan Zhelyazkov
A fascinating read!
Extremely informative, really well written, with a lot of photo material, quotes, huge bibliography and very trustworthy.

As a "history-nerd" for me this was a pure gem and as an eastern European there were truly a lot of things that I've never heard of, nor suspected. I was literally embarrassed by myself after reading it for not knowing so much of its content.

The book speaks of the history of the area, the geological challenges the Maya faced, all the stages of their stagger...more
Barry Huddleston
After reading “The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology”, I came away with a much better understanding of the Maya and their buildings, technology, and culture. The book has a nice Bibliography and Index. It’s 319 pages are packed with great interior art and diagrams.

The color photos are simply incredible and I hope that New Page sticks with the style. The diagrams are large enough for my 53 year-old eyes and I appreciate the easy-to-view size. I was a little less impressed with the charts and topics...more
Brilliant book! The author is a professional engineer who investigates and describes Maya technology - everything from Maya writing, astronomy, mathematics, tool fabrication, hydraulic cement, concrete, bridges, towers, pyramids, other buildings, water-management systems, and highway systems. The author also provides a synthesis of local climate and geology to explain why the Maya built what they did using the tools they did e.g. obsidian tools instead of metal tools because the geology of the a...more
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You know I'm a big ancient history fan so this was right up my alley. With the whole Mayan end of the world thing this is an intriguing entry in the library of Maya information that has been published lately. Some of the terminology could be a bit heavy at times but it was well worth the brain power investment since the material is genuinely interesting. And, while the text is on the small side and rather tightly packed, there are s...more
This book is quite technical and not the easiest or most interesting read but it is very informative of the technology of the time.
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