James A. O'Kon, P.E. is a professional engineer with decades of experience designing award-winning projects. He has, also, spent 40 years investigating Maya engineering feats and lost Maya technology. His investigations have taken him to more than 50 remote Maya sites. He has delivered numerous scientific papers to scientific symposia dealing with Maya technology. He was inducted into the Explorers Club as a National Fellow for his work on Maya technology. A resident of Atlanta, he is currently an expert witness on construction failures and a problem-solving consultant to global corporations when he is not in the rainforest. Read more about him at www.theoldexplorer.com.
"The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology reveals what a
scientifically advanced people the Maya really were. Relying on his
background as a professional engineer, James O'Kon is able to
analyze Maya architecture and write about it with the scientific
terminology it truly merits. The book places Maya engineers
shoulder to shoulder with the Romans or any other ancient culture
one could compare them against. As an archaeologist with 20+ years
of field experience, this book opened my eyes to Maya scientific
achievements that I would previously not thought possible."
--Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D., archaeologist and Director of Maya Exploration Center
"James O'Kon's book addresses a neglected field, and his
wide-ranging discussion sheds new light on many aspects of Maya
studies. His training as an engineer keeps the book focused on
reality. His writing is full of sudden insights...when he gets to
the nitty-gritty of real science, this book shines. The final
chapter addresses the engineering flaws that led to their
fall...they pushed their environment too far."
--Mark Van Stone, Ph.D., author of 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya "Great introduction to the unrecognized technological achievements of the Maya. This was my first introduction to Maya tool making. I found those chapters very interesting. Very informative well written and provided me with new material on Maya technology.."
--Thomas L. Sever, Ph.D., NASA Archaeologist--Reviews