|This illustration by Frederick Catherwood shows the characteristic shape of the Mayan arch.|
The Maya Engravings of Frederick Catherwood
Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatán and Incidents of Travel in Yucatán,
by John Stephens and Frederick Catherwood
published in 1841
If you have been to any part of the Mayan world, mostly the Yucatan, Guatemala and parts of Belize you realize how absurd the idea of the ancient Mayan ruins being in any way a "lost" civilization. The people who live in the vicinity of the ruin sites speak Mayan and trace their background to historically known periods of migration and pre and post contact polities. What is remarkable about the Incidents of Travel is that it can fairly be described as "rediscovering" a lost civilization.