Ancient South America / Edition 1

Ancient South America / Edition 1

by Karen Olsen Bruhns
     
 

South America is still the least known continent in the world. Ancient South America encompasses ten millennia of cultural development and diversity on this great continent. From the first hunters to the magnificent empire of the Incas it covers the immense variety of cultures, their unique arts and industries and the important contributions these little known

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South America is still the least known continent in the world. Ancient South America encompasses ten millennia of cultural development and diversity on this great continent. From the first hunters to the magnificent empire of the Incas it covers the immense variety of cultures, their unique arts and industries and the important contributions these little known peoples have made to the modern world. Accessibly written and abundantly illustrated, this book will be enjoyed by students of archaeology, anthropology and art history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521277617
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
World Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.81(w) x 9.65(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Acknowledgments
1Still a New World1
2A matter of time7
3The physical setting23
4The first peoples: 1243000-6000 BC43
5Settling down: 6000-3500 BC65
6The problem of maize89
7Cultural intensification in the Andes: 3500-200097
8Ceramics: their origins and technology116
9The first civilizations: 2000-200 BC126
10Textiles: the high art of South America156
11Metallurgy174
12Regional diversification and development: 200 BC-AD 600185
13Iconographic studies223
14Militaristic and religious movements in the Andes: AD 500-900239
15Transport and trade278
16Kingdoms, chiefdoms, and empires: AD 900-1438290
17The sixteenth century331
18Intercontinental movements before Columbus360
19The future of a continent370
Appendix A: Economic plants originating in South America378
Appendix B: Economic plants originating in the New World tropics380
Appendix C: South American flowers commonly grown as garden ornamentals381
Appendix D: South American bushes and trees commonly grown as garden ornamentals382
Appendix E: South American plants commonly grown as houseplants383
Appendix F: Miscellaneous contributions of South America to the world384
Glossary385
Select Bibliography401
Index418

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