"The misplaced secrets and techniques of Maya Technology finds what a scientifically complex humans the Maya fairly have been. counting on his heritage as a qualified engineer, James O'Kon is ready to examine Maya structure and write approximately it with the clinical terminology it really benefits. The e-book locations Maya engineers shoulder to shoulder with the Romans or the other historic tradition you'll be able to examine them opposed to. As an archaeologist with 20+ years of box event, this ebook opened my eyes to Maya medical achievements that i'd formerly no longer notion possible."
--Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D., archaeologist and Director of Maya Exploration Center
"James O'Kon's booklet addresses a ignored box, and his wide-ranging dialogue sheds new gentle on many features of Maya experiences. His education as an engineer retains the ebook interested in fact. His writing is filled with surprising insights…when he will get to the nitty-gritty of genuine technological know-how, this ebook shines. the ultimate bankruptcy addresses the engineering flaws that resulted in their fall…they driven their setting too far."
--Mark Van Stone, Ph.D., writer of 2012: technology and Prophecy of the traditional Maya
"Great creation to the unrecognized technological achievements of the Maya. This used to be my first advent to Maya software making. i discovered these chapters very attention-grabbing. Very informative good written and supplied me with new fabric on Maya technology.".
--Thomas L. Sever, Ph.D., NASA Archaeologist
The Maya were an enigma considering that their discovery within the mid- nineteenth century. Maya technological know-how constructed a chic mathematic method, a very actual astronomy, and one of many world's 5 unique written languages. This expertise was once extra complicated than comparable eu expertise by means of greater than 1000 years.
In this ebook, you will see how James O'Kon, a qualified engineer, synergistically utilized box exploration, examine, forensic engineering, and three-D digital reconstruction of Maya tasks to find misplaced Maya technological achievements. those misplaced ideas of expertise enabled Maya engineers to build grand towns that towered above the rainforest, water structures with underground reservoirs for water garage, miles of all-weather paved roads monitoring throughout the jungle, and the longest bridge within the old world.
Maya engineers built structural mechanics for multi-story structures that weren't surpassed in top until eventually the 1st "skyscraper" in-built Chicago in 1885, invented the blast furnace 2,000 years prior to it was once patented in England, and built the vulcanization of rubber greater than 2,600 years ahead of Charles Goodyear. find a host of unknown wonders in The misplaced secrets and techniques of Maya Technology.
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Maya engineering ideas integrated formed cityscapes designed to divert hurricane water into garage amenities, underground reservoirs for city water provides, water filtration structures, and effective irrigation platforms for agriculture. those civil engineering structures enabled the survival and prosperity of the Maya energy facilities. The Maya Superhighway procedure the trouble of go back and forth during the tangled roots of the dense jungle surroundings used to be a hard attempt that was once made tougher by way of the quagmire created in the course of the wet season. an effective all-weather shipping method used to be completely essential to retain degrees of energy and wealth, whereas working an effective executive for the city-states. to resolve shipping matters in terms of trade, army hobbies, agriculture, and normal tourists, Maya engineers constructed a process of increased paved highways that hooked up their strength facilities. All-weather roads, referred to as sacbeob (singular sacbe), or “white roads,” supplied the Maya with a competent highway process that may be used as year-round transportation. countless numbers of miles of those roads have been developed through the vintage interval. Maya Bridge Engineering The wet season introduced wanted hurricane water for replenishment of important water provides within the towns and for irrigation within the hinterlands. even if, the wet season, with its heavy volume of typhoon water, prompted flooded rivers for a interval of six months. Maya engineering rose to the get together by way of generating artistic bridge designs of assorted varieties and spans, together with cast-in-place concrete bridges, bushes bridges, and long-span rope or cable suspension bridges that crossed large flooded rivers. The Maya built a long-span suspension bridge around the wild Usumacinta River on the urban of Yaxchilan. This bridge, built with a middle span of sixty three meters, is taken into account to be the longest bridge within the historical international. The Maya Transportation process The North American continent and the world of the Maya international didn't evolve local animals which may be domesticated as beasts of burden. the pony, oxen, and different beasts of burden have been eu imports to the Americas. despite the fact that, quite a lot of manpower have been to be had for strength purposes. Maya expertise understood the primary of the wheel, utilizing them on toys, however the wheel used to be now not workable to be used on carts utilizing manpower. as a substitute, they creatively constructed man-powered delivery structures that have been extra effective and within your means than animal-powered delivery. The adventurous and ingenious Maya have been additionally sea investors who constructed seagoing shipment vessels that enabled long-range exchange routes. How Did They recognize What They Knew? Epistemology is the examine of the character, equipment, and validity of information and trust. It offers with the construction of data and asks the query, How will we comprehend what we all know? in terms of the medical wisdom of the Maya, the query should be requested, How did they comprehend what they knew? A speculation can be built that argues the stimulus for the improvement of data should be assumed to be their trust in a quadripartite cosmic philosophy.