Author, lecturer, award-winning structural engineer, and Archaeo-engineer James O’Kon has explored and researched Maya technology for forty years. He has combined his talents as a forensic engineer with archaeological field survey evidence to uncover the veil over the lost technology of the Maya. In 1995 he surprised the archaeological community with his discovery of a lost landmark of Maya engineering, the long-span Maya suspension bridge at the Maya city of Yaxchilan, considered to be the longest bridge in the ancient world.
Archaeologists have long recognized the scientific accomplishments of the Maya. Including their written language, a complex mathematical system that recognized the concept of the number zero, astronomical knowledge that included mapping the heavens and development of a calendar that is more accurate than our modern calendar. However, Mayanists have basically overlooked the engineering and technological achievements of the Maya civilization. The advanced technologies of the Maya were developed and applied while Europe was still in the Dark Ages.
The technological advances of Maya engineers have been investigated by Jim O'Kon for forty years. His research has included a wide variety of technical developments of the Maya. We invite you to visit this website to review the unique technological/engineering achievements of the Maya engineers. These technological achievements include the fabrication of tools that are harder than iron; the invention of high strength durable materials of construction including the fabrication of hydraulic cement for producing cast-in-place concrete; the development of the Maya arch as a structural mechanism to create multi-story and clear span structures, elevated concrete paved roads; long-span bridges, and advanced water management methodologies that permitted the Maya urban civilization to survive in a seasonal desert environment.
Archaeologists consider the Maya to be a Stone Age Culture. They continue to focus on this cultural label because the Maya did not use tools of iron or bronze. Their use of specialized jade tools, which are harder than iron, should provide a positive rationale to provide a new nomenclature based on their technological achievements. The Maya should be given a new nomenclature: TECHNOLITHIC.
We invite you to assess this website and develop your own conclusions relative to the technological capabilities of the Maya as Americas first Civil Engineers and their status in the pantheon of human civilization.
Contact: Jim O'Kon