'Jungle of Stone' Traces the Discovery of Mayan Civilization

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The Temple of the Sun in Chiapas, Mexico.  (Photo: Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

In “Jungle of Stone,” journalist William Carlsen recounts the story of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood whose perilous trek through the jungles of Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico led to the discovery of ancient Mayan civilization. We'll talk with Carlsen about their 2500-mile journey, which he retraced in a beat-up Toyota Corolla. We'll also discuss the Mayan's great achievements, why their sophisticated culture vanished and what can be learned from its collapse.


William Carlsen, author, "Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya"