Ancient South America / Edition 1by Karen Olsen Bruhns
Pub. Date: 01/28/1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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.
Table of Contents1. Still a new world; 2. A matter of time; 3. The physical setting; 4. The first peoples: 12,000–6000 BC; 5. Settling down: 6000–3500 BC; 6. The problem of maize; 7. Cultural intensifications in the Andes: 3500–2000 BC; 8. Ceramics: their origins and technology; 9. The first civilizations: 2000–200 BC; 10. Textiles: the high art of South America; 11. Metallurgy; 12. Regional diversification and development: 200 BC–AD 600; 13. Iconographic studies; 14. Militaristic and religious movements in the Andes: AD 500–900; 15. Transport and trade; 16. Kingdoms, chiefdoms and empires: AD 900–1438; 17. The sixteenth century; 18. Intercontinental movements before Columbus; 19. The future of a continent; Appendices.
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