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The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru

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But this glittering culture only obscured the rich and diverse civilizations that had preceded it: Chavin, Moche, Nazca, Tiwanaku, Huari, and Chimu. Described as a "masterly study" and an "outstanding volume" on its first publication, The Incas and Their Ancestors quickly established itself as the best general introduction to the cultures and civilizations of ancient Peru.

Now this classic text has been fully updated for the revised edition. New discoveries over the last decade are integrated throughout. The occupation of Peru's desert coast can now be traced back to 12,000 BC and ensuing maritime adaptations are examined in early littoral societies that mummified their dead and others that were mound builders. The spread of Andean agriculture is related to fresh data on climate, and protracted drought is identified as a recurrent contributor to the rise and fall of civilizations in the Cordillera. The results of recent excavations enliven understanding of coastal Moche and Nazca societies and the ancient highland states of Huari and Tiwanaku. Architectural models accompanying burials provide fresh interpretations of the palaces of imperial Chan Chan, while the origins of the Incas are given new clarity by a spate of modern research on America's largest native empire.

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An introduction to the culture of ancient Peru, providing information on the indigenous farming communities, their religious rituals and the adaptations they had to make in order to survive extraordinary environmental extremes. This revised edition examines the latest archaeological discoveries.

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In 1532, when Pizarro conquered Peru, the Inca realm was one of the largest empires on earth, graced by gold masterpieces, towns with great palaces and temples, and an impressive network of roads.

About the Author

Michael E. Moseley is Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Paleo-Environmental Studies at the University of Florida. He has conducted extensive fieldwork on the pre-Columbian sites of Peru and is the author of many books and studies on the subject.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780500282779
Author:
Moseley, Michael E.
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Peru
Subject:
Incas
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Peru Antiquities.
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / General
Edition Number:
Rev ed.
Edition Description:
Revised Second Edition
Series Volume:
v. 75, no. 1
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
225 black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
10.1 x 6.9 x 1 in 1.545 lb

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Product details 272 pages Thames & Hudson - English 9780500282779 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An introduction to the culture of ancient Peru, providing information on the indigenous farming communities, their religious rituals and the adaptations they had to make in order to survive extraordinary environmental extremes. This revised edition examines the latest archaeological discoveries.
"Synopsis" by , In 1532, when Pizarro conquered Peru, the Inca realm was one of the largest empires on earth, graced by gold masterpieces, towns with great palaces and temples, and an impressive network of roads.
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