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The Incas: Lords of the Four Quarters (Ancient Peoples and Places)

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In less than a century the Incas rose from obscure origins to build one of the largest empires of the ancient world. At its zenith Tawantinsuyu--"The Fourfold Domain"--extended northward from the Inca capital Cusco along the spine of the Andes to embrace most of modern Peru and Ecuador, and southward into Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. The sheer scale of the empire, coupled with the challenges of the varied and rugged landscape, makes the Inca achievement truly remarkable. This new survey provides the most up-to-date and authoritative account available of the Incas: their politics, economics, religion, architecture, art, and technology. The authors look in detail at the capital Cusco and at the four parts of the empire, exploring not just famous sites such as Machu Picchu but all the major regional settlements. The book concludes with the end of the empire: the arrival of the Spaniards, the assassination of the Inca ruler Atawallpa, and the final years of the rebellious, neo-Inca state in the tropical forests of Vilcabamba. The illustrations range from finely fitted stonework to superbly engineered mountain terraces, from stunning textiles to brilliant metalwork in gold, silver, and bronze.

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Morris, renowned for excavating Hunuco Pampa, one of the largest Inca provincial centers, and Hagen, co-director of the Leymebanba Museum in Chachapoyas, Peru, have collaborated on two previous books looking at ancient peoples in the Andes. Here they focus on the Incas, tracing their rise and rule. Among the topics are the birth and growth of Tawantinsuyu; architects, potters, weavers, and smiths; Cusco the capital of the realm; Antisuyu the road to Machu Picchu and beyond; herds, metals, and mountains of sacrifice; and the fall when bearded men came from across the sea. Morris died in 2006 before the work was completed. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"I know of no other book in English that provides such a good region-by-region description of the Inca empire."--Bill Sillar, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

About the Author

The late Craig Morris is renowned for his excavation of Hu

Product Details

ISBN:
9780500021217
Author:
Morris, Craig
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Author:
Adriana von Hagen
Author:
Von Hagen, Adriana
Subject:
South America
Subject:
World History-South America
Series:
Ancient Peoples and Places
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 color and 135 black-and-white illustr
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.75 x 6.5 in

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