Path to the Lost Cities: In the Footsteps of the Maya Explorers

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A brief brochure describing an exhibition on Mayan ruin discoveries held at the San Diego Museum of Man from September 12, 1998 through May 16, 1999. Explorations taken by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood to search for several lost cities of the Maya culture in Central America and Mexico from 1839 to 1842 were successful in locating more than fifty of the areas, including Uxmal and Chichen Itza. From 1990 until the end of 1995, photojournalist Payne Johnson traced the routes traveled by those earlier explorers and photographed scenes that had been drawn by Catherwood in the previous century. The exhibition presents the drawings in juxtaposition with Johnson's photographs of the same places, and includes rare letters, prints, maps and artifacts from the expedition. Although not mentioned in the brochure, a few objects from the first journeys had been donated to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.


  • Catherwood, Frederick
  • Stephens, John Lloyd 1805-1852
  • Johnson, Payne
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • San Diego Museum of Man


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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Archaeology
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Exhibitions
  • Mayas
  • Indians of Central America


  • Central America
  • Mexico

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