Treasure Seekers: Code of the Maya Kings

Director(s): Ann Carroll

of a sedentary lawyer

no longer held any charm for Stephens.

Instead, his mind was filled with

thoughts of another journey,

not so far away, but even more

remote and daring.

On his way home through London,

he met an artist named

Rederick Catherwood

who'd spent ten

years in the Near East.

They shared their interest

in exotic travel.

Sensing a kindred spirit, Catherwood

had showed him a curious book

about a lost city in Central America

hidden in the jungle.

The book's authors thought

the fabulous ruins of Palenque

had been built by Egyptians,

Carthaginians, maybe even

the Lost Tribes of Israel.

Anyone but the Native Americans.

There was sort of a racism in here

that said that

everything great had come

through the Greeks, the Egyptians,

through the European tradition.

And anything different

appeared relatively

to be a bunch of naked savages

wandering through the woods.

In 1839, no one believed

the Native Americans

capable of building

a sophisticated civilization.

Stephens' own government

had little use for them.

Only a year earlier

they had uprooted thousands of Indians,

sending them westward

along the infamous Trail of Tears.

The thought of a great ancient

civilization in Central America

seemed even more preposterous.

A few travelers had reported

sighting ruined cities like Palenque,

but Stephens could find

none of them on the map.

It was a travel writer's dream,

but only this time

he would have to bring back

evidence of whatever he found.

But who better to accompany him

than the artist Frederick Catherwood,

now practicing architecture

in New York?

Only one small problem remained,

the newly formed

Central American Federation

was fighting a bitter civil war.

Using his political connections,

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Ann Carroll

Ann Carroll is a camogie player. twice an All Ireland inter-county medalist and the outstanding personality in the first decade of the history of the All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship winning medals with both St Patrick’s, Glengoole from Tipperary and St Paul’s from Kilkenny. She played inter-county camogie for both Tipperary and Kilkenny and Interprovincial camogie for both Munster and Leinster. more…

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