Mysteries of the Mexican pyramids

by Peter Tompkins

Paper Book, 1976

Status

Available

Call number

F1219.3 .P9T58 1976

Publication

New York : Harper & Row, c1976.

Description

Probes the history, origins, and purpose of the pyramids in the Valley of Mexico, Yucatan, and Central America, with emphasis on the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon near Mexico City. Recounts the history of these structures from their first sighting by Cortes as rubble-covered mounds through four centuries of efforts to solve the mystery of their existence.

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I had a good time with "Mysteries of the Egyptian Pyramids" by the same author, and this book delivers the same resources. There's a short history of the archaeology of Pyramids from the professional point of view, some high quality 19th century etchings, and then a good deal of loose reasoning
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about the purpose and functions of the structures. I believe this book antedates the discovery that many Maya pyramids are accretions, a set of pyramids built one over the other, gradually growing in size. So it's entertaining, and in the main untrustworthy, unless one is looking for RPG background material.
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Physical description

xvii, 427 p.; 26 cm

ISBN

006014324X / 9780060143244

Barcode

34662000508918

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