Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Sunday, June 15, 1952. Having spent four years clearing a secret passage inside Palenque's Temple of the Inscriptions, Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz gazed into a vaulted chamber. There, beneath a gigantic carved stone block, he would make a spectacular discovery: the intact burial of King Pakal, complete with jade jewelry and an exquisite burial mask.

Pakal was one of t...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 24th 2008 by Thames & Hudson (first published October 20th 2008)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-29 of 51)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
The classical Mayan city of Palenque in Mexico, which flourished from 500 to 700 CE, is dominated by the Temple of Inscriptions set on top of a great pyramid. In 1948, Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier noticed something that no one had noticed before, that the stone slabs that made up the temple floor had holes drilled into them, allowing for ropes to be passed through them and the slabs hoisted up. When the slabs were removed, they found a staircase that led deep into the interior of...more
There is no better, more thorough history of the Mayan site of Palenque than George and David Stuart’s "Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya." The Stuart’s, both experts on the Maya in general and the site of Palenque in particular, manage to condense their expansive knowledge of the site into a relatively brief 243 pages that cover everything from architecture to royal family lineages.

Having said that, the book is not without its flaws. First, the book does not start with the Mayan history of the...more
Stacey Donovan
The authors, archeologists George and David Stuart, are father and son, so that's pretty cool. The first 100 pages or so of this book deals with the gradual discovery of Palenque in more modern times, beginning just before 1800, and with the last two hundred years of study and scholarship. It includes detailed descriptions of the ruins. The rest of the book talks about what they've learned there about the civilization so far. It is mostly a history of kings.

Early researchers had bizarre theories...more
Leonide Martin
Detailed and readable account of the history of Palenque. Very nice illustrations. Some thought-provoking ideas, such as the ancient Mayas having foreknowledge of dynastic cycles coming to completion. They base this on inverse naming of Palenque rulers with Janaab Pakal (greatest ruler of Palenque, most famous Maya "king") as the central point. After Pakal, the ruler names were reverse order of the preceding ones. Curious . . the Maya had metaphysical ways of knowing.
david stuart os by far the greatest living mayanist, anyone into the classic maya need to read this title
Liked a lot, although tough to read and a lot of information packed in there.
Taylor marked it as to-read
Jul 15, 2014
Beth marked it as to-read
Jun 27, 2014
Kathy marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2014
Nicole Roush
Nicole Roush marked it as to-read
Mar 14, 2014
Rudolf Hefner
Rudolf Hefner marked it as to-read
Feb 10, 2014
Dark Prince
Dark Prince marked it as to-read
Feb 08, 2014
Bobby Vee
Bobby Vee marked it as to-read
Dec 26, 2013
Siddharth Kumar
Siddharth Kumar marked it as to-read
Jun 15, 2013
Krischtian Salinas
Krischtian Salinas marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2013
Liz Gonzalez
Liz Gonzalez marked it as to-read
Jan 27, 2013
Oliver Mannsfeldt
Oliver Mannsfeldt marked it as to-read
Jan 23, 2013
Lynnae Burns
Lynnae Burns marked it as to-read
Jul 23, 2012
Lisa marked it as to-read
Jul 22, 2012
Cara marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2012
Dawn added it
Jul 01, 2013
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth About 2012 Out of Sight: Urban Art / Abandoned Spaces Dangerous Garden: The Quest For Plants To Change Our Lives Classic Garden Plans Dangerous Garden: The Quest for Plants to Change Our Lives

Share This Book

“The reuse of names by later (Maya) kings (of Palenque) is not random, but conforms to a reversed re-ordering. The overall king list suggests a closed system. We hesitate to think that Maya dynasties were predestined to end by themselves . .” 2 likes
More quotes…