Ancient Tiwanaku

Ancient Tiwanaku

by John Wayne Janusek
     
 

Nearly a millennium before the Inca forged a pan-Andean empire in the South American Andes, Tiwanaku emerged as a major center of political, economic, and religious life on the mountainous southern shores of Lake Titicaca. Beginning in AD 500 and for the next five centuries, Tiwanaku influenced vast regions of the Andes and became one of the most important and

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Nearly a millennium before the Inca forged a pan-Andean empire in the South American Andes, Tiwanaku emerged as a major center of political, economic, and religious life on the mountainous southern shores of Lake Titicaca. Beginning in AD 500 and for the next five centuries, Tiwanaku influenced vast regions of the Andes and became one of the most important and enduring civilizations of the pre-Colombian Americas. Yet for centuries, the nature and antiquity of Tiwanaku remained a great mystery. Only over the past couple of decades has archaeological research begun to explore in depth the fascinating character of Tiwanaku culture and the way of life of its people.

Ancient Tiwanaku synthesizes a wealth of past and current research on this fascinating high-altitude civilization. In the first major synthesis on the subject in nearly fifteen years, John Wayne Janusek explores Tiwanaku civilization in its geographical and cultural setting, tracing its long rise to power, vast geopolitical influences, and violent collapse. The author frames the study with a novel theoretical approach that emphasizes Tiwanaku's striking environmental setting in relation to its profound cultural diversity, vibrant daily rituals, and dynamic political history. He concludes that the Andean past sheds important light on current national ideologies and global geopolitics.

About the Author:
John Wayne Janusek is associate professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521016629
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2007
Series:
Case Studies in Early Societies Series, #9
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
362
Sales rank:
456,106
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Text Boxes

1 Unveiling Tiwanaku's Mystery 1

2 Land and People 35

3 Early Complexity and Tiwanaku's Ascendance 65

4 The City of Tiwanaku 107

5 The Hinterland 169

6 Tiwanaku Geopolitics 201

7 Wari and Tiwanaku 250

8 Collapse and Regeneration 289

9 Conclusion 308

Glossary 317

References 321

Index 357

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