In the great, green-grown rain forests of Middle America, archaeologists are uncovering at a laborious pace the remains of the incredible art and culture of Indians who lived as long as 3,000 years ago. They have found, buried beneath the brush and muck of the jungle, skillfully formed stone sculpture done by Olmecs perhaps a millennium before Christ. Even more remarkable was the civilization of the Mayans, whose artists, sculptors and priest-scientists of some 1,500 years ago left behind marvels of work and thought. so advanced that they have been called the Greeks of America.

Each new discovery seems to ignite a...

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