Stone of Kings by Gerard Helferich
In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya

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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.


About Gerard Helferich

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Gerard Helferich is the author of the widely praised Humboldt’s Cosmos, which was a Discover magazine Science Bestseller; High Cotton, which received the 2008 Authors Award for nonfiction from the Mississippi Library Association; and Stone of Kings, an Indie Next List “Great Read.”
Published December 6, 2011 by Lyons Press. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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During his research about explorer Alexander von Humboldt, Helferich (Humboldt’s Cosmos, 2005, etc.) learned about jade’s importance to pre-Columbian societies: “To peoples such as the Maya, jade was not only heartbreakingly beautiful but supremely powerful.” Over time, archaeological expeditions...

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When the Spanish arrived in Mexico in 1519, the Aztec emperor Montezuma sent Cortez an offering of jade beads with the message, "These rich stones of chalchihuite"—Nahuatl for "herb-colored jewel"—"should be sent to your own Emperor, as they are of the greatest value, each one being esteemed more...

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Stone of Kings: In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya by Gerard Helferich is a fascinating read about one of the most precious and sought after stones in the world.

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