Alfred Percival Maudslay (1850-1931) was a British colonial
administrator and archaeologist who is widely considered the
founder of modern Mesoamerican archaeology. After graduating from
Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1872 Maudslay made his first visit to
Guatemala before becoming a colonial administrator working in
Trinidad and Fiji. After retiring from colonial service in 1880 he
returned to Guatemala and began exploring and excavating major
Mayan sites including Chichen Itza, Copan, Palanque and Quirigua.
Maudsley pioneered scientific exploration and recording of these
monuments, using techniques which later became standard. First
published in 1899, this volume documents Maudslay's last expedition
to Guatemala with his wife Anne Cary Maudslay, and contains
detailed descriptions and plans of the archaeological sites he had
excavated during his previous expeditions. An appendix contains the
first excavation reports of Quirigua and Tikal (1883) and Copan
(1886), previously published in the Proceedings of the Royal
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