John Lloyd Stephens Biography

Academic, Archaeologist, Journalist (1805–c. 1852)
U.S. traveler and archaeologist John Lloyd Stephens's travels in the Middle East and Central America resulted in books that created interest in the regions.


John Lloyd Stephens was born November 28, 1805, in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. His travels in the Middle East resulted in two books. With his illustrator friend Frederick Catherwood he embarked for Honduras in 1839 to explore ancient Maya ruins rumored to exist. At Copán and elsewhere, they identified major new sites. Their books created a storm of popular and scholarly interest in the region.

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