Synopses & Reviews
Offers an authoritative and up-to-date survey of the cultural evolution of Peru from the appearance of the first inhabitants around 10,000 BC to the arrival of the Spanish in 1534. The book is divided chronologically into three main parts that examine in turn the highland and lowland zones in the Preceramic and Initial periods; the development of complex sociey at Chavín, Tiwanaku and Huari and in the Moche and Nazca cultures; and the culmination of this process. the pan-Andean empire of the Incas. A fourth, concluding section deals with the often neglected tropical forest region of Peru and its formative influence on the evolution of Andean culture.
Traces the processes of political, social and economic change in Andean civilisation from around 10,000 BC to the arrival of the Spanish in 1534.
An authoritative survey of the cultural evolution of Peru from the appearance of the first inhabitants around 10,000 B.C. to the arrival of the Spanish in 1534. As such, it represents the first collective assessment of Peruvian archaeology to appear within a generation.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; List of contributors; Preface; Part I. Early Inhabitants and Settlement: 1. The character and context of highland preceramic society John W. Rick; 2. Early hunter-gatherers on the Peruvian coast Claude Chauchat; 3. The Late Preceramic and Initial Period Rosa Fung Pineda Translated by Margaret Brown; Part II. The Florescence of Complex Society: 4. Unity and heterogeneity within the Chavín horizon Richard L. Burger; 5. The patterns of art and power in the Early Intermediate Period William J. Conklin and Michael Edward Moseley; 6. City and state in Middle Horizon Huari William H. Isbell; 7. The Late Intermediate Period Jeffrey R. Parsons and Charles M. Hastings; Part III. Pan-Andean Empire and the uses of Documentary Evidence: 8. Progress and prospect in the archaeology of the Inca Craig Morris; 9. From event to process: the recovery of Late Andean organizational structure by means of Spanish colonial written records Patricia J. Netherly; Part IV. Contributions from the Selva: 10. A view from the tropical forest J. Scott Raymond; Part V. Synthesis: 11. A summary view of Peruvian prehistory Richard W. Keatinge; Acknowledgements; Bibliography; Index.