john lloyd stephens


America, say historians, was peopled by savages; but savages never reared these structures, savages never carved these stones… standing as they do in the depths of a tropical forest, silent and solemn, strange in design, excellent in sculpture, rich in ornament… their whole history so entirely unknown, with hieroglyphics explaining all, but perfectly unintelligible. 

… No Champollion has yet brought to them the energies of his inquiring mind. 

Who shall read them?

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan by John Lloyd Stephens, illustrations by Frederick Catherwood  (1841)

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