Andean Archaeology / Edition 1

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This book provides an introduction to one of the most fascinating and well-known centers of ancient civilization.

  • Explores the rise of civilization in the Central Andes from the time of the region's earliest inhabitants to the emergence of the Inca state many thousands of years later.
  • Comprised of 13 newly commissioned chapters written by leading archaeologists representing current thinking in the field.
  • Presents the central debates in contemporary Inca and Andean archaeology.
  • Progresses chronologically and culturally to reveal the processes by which multiple Andean societies became increasingly complex.
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“The publication of Andean Archaeology is long overdueand a relief to those who teach the subject. It offersstate-of-the-art summaries of exciting advances, especiallyconcerning little-known pre-Incan civilisations.” NewScientist

"I became really excited when I first saw Helaine Silverman'sedited volume... Andean Archaelogy, I thought, could indeedbecome a source of core texts for undergraduate courses... Thethirteen chapters provide a mix of balanced scholarly review andpushy polemics dotted with flashes of thoughtful insight."Alexander Herrera, in Archaeological Review fromCambridge

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Meet the Author

Helaine Silverman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her books include Ancient Nasca Settlement and Society (2002), The Place and Space of Death (edited with David B. Small, 2002), Andean Archaeology I: Variations in Sociopolitical Organization and Andean Archaeology II: Art, Landscape, and Society (both edited with William H. Isbell, 2002), and The Nasca (with Donald A. Prouvélx, Blackwell, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface.

Editor’s Preface.

List of Figures and Tables.

List of Contributors.

1. Introduction: Helaine Silverman (University of Illinois atUrbana-Champaign).

2. The First Settlers: Tom D. Dillehay, Duccio Bonavia, andPeter Kaulicke (University of Kentucky, Universidad PeruanaCayetano, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú).

3. Cultural Transformations in the Central Andean Late Archaic:Jonathan Haas and Winifred Creamer (Field Museum of NaturalHistory, Chicago, and Northern Illinois University).

4. Building Authority at Chavín de Huántar: Models ofSocial Organization and Development in the Initial Period and EarlyHorizon: Silvia Rodriguez Kembel and John W. Rick (University ofPittsburgh and Stanford University).

5. Life, Death, and Ancestors: Lisa DeLeonardis and George F.Lau (Johns Hopkins University and University of East Anglia).

6. The Art of Moche Politics: Garth Bawden (University of NewMexico).

7. Clothing the Social World: Ran Boytner (University ofCalifornia, Los Angeles).

8. Wari Art and Society: Anita G. Cook (Catholic University ofAmerica).

9. Experiencing the Cities of Wari and Tiwanaku: William H.Isbell and Alexei Vranich (SUNY-Binghamton and University ofPennsylvania).

10. Household and City in Tiwanaku: John W. Janusek (VanderbiltUniversity).

11. Late Prehispanic Sociopolitical Complexity: ChristinaConlee, Jalh Dulanto, Carol J. Mackey, and Charles Stanish(University of California, Santa Barbara, Pontificia UniversidadCatólica del Perú, California State University,Northridge, and University of California, Los Angeles).

12. Knowing the Inca Past: Juha Hiltunen and Gordon F. McEwan(University of Oulu, Finland, and Wagner College).

13. Andean Empires: Terence N. D’Altroy and KatharinaSchreiber (Columbia University and University of California, SantaBarbara).

Cumulative Bibliography.


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