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Stone of Kings: In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya

by Gerard Helferich

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This is a book about the search for the source of jade for the Maya and Toltec peoples, not about any specific treasure. It gives a solid effort at explaining the value of jade to the Maya and some basic history of their stonework. Unfortunately the color photos that would cause people to admire it most are not included, instead you get just a few black and white photos (mostly of the people involved). The book quickly gets to the more recent history of exploration and occasionally almost seems like a promotional pamphlet for the entrepreneurs who decided to revitalize the working of jade in Guatemala. This is not to say it isn't interesting but not exactly what I was hoping for. ( )
  doomjesse | Apr 25, 2012 |
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0762763515, Hardcover)

A book perfectly timed for the re-setting of the Maya calendar in 2012.... Part history, popular science, armchair travel, and real-life treasure hunt, this is the story of pre-Columbian jade—the precious stone revered by ancient Aztecs, Incans, and Maya—and the scientists, collectors, explorers and entrepreneurs who have been searching for the mythical jade mines for century.

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"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."--P. [2] of jacket.… (more)

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