Stone of Kings

Stone of Kings

In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya

Book - 2012
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A narrative of adventure and obsession, science and history


Jade has long been prized as one of the most precious substances on earth, used to adorn kings, cure disease, and perform sacred rituals, including human sacrifice. For millennia, it played a crucial role in the culture of the Maya and other ancient Americans, but the Spanish lusted after gold and silver, and within fifty years of the Conquest, the source of Maya jade had been forgotten. Centuries later, archaeologists excavating Maya cities uncovered stunning jades carved with the images of gods and kings, evoking all the mystery and power of a bygone civilization. But where had the stone come from? Some guessed China, others Atlantis—but no one could say for sure, because for the only time in history, a civilization's most valuable resourcehad been lost.

Published at the long-anticipated resetting of the Maya Long Count calendar in 2012, this is the story of the gripping, 300-year search for the lost sources of this precious stone. A vivid tale of great rulers, renowned archaeologists, gifted scientists, unlettered prospectors, and hopeful entrepreneurs, Stone of Kings melds history, popular science, and armchair travel into a real-life, high-stakes treasure hunt for the astonishing Maya jade.

Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780762763511
Branch Call Number: 972.81 HEL 2012 23
Characteristics: xv, 287 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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