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The Incas (Ancient Peoples and Places)by Craig Morris
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At its zenith it extended northward from the Inca capital Cuzco 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 rugged landscape, made the Inca achievement truly remarkable.
This is 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 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.
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This book by Morris (Senior Vice-President and Dean of Science at the American Museum of Natural History, New York) et al surveys the impressive achievements of the Incas, including the rise of the Inca society, their religion, art, architecture, and their downfall. Filled with hundreds of photographs, maps, and illustrations, this book is an accessible and enjoyable resource intended for the general reader. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In less than a century the Incas rose from obscure origins to build one of the largest empires of the ancient world.
About the Author
The late Craig Morris is renowned for his excavation of Huánuco Pampa, the largest surviving Inca ruin. He was Curator of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History, New York.Adriana von Hagen is co-director of the Leymebamba Museum in Chachapoyas, Peru, and an expert on Peruvian archaeology.
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