Andean Archaeology II: Art, Landscape, and Society / Edition 1

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The second volume of specially commissioned essays to reflect on material evidence from the Andes moves the emphasis away from the socio-political structure of the region's early civilisations to reflect on the ways in which Andean culture was shaped by its art, architecture and landscape. The collection also shows the importance of ancient art to the development of Andean archaeology as a discipline. The eleven essays examine such varied topics as the camelid woman and feline man themes in Pucara style pottery, early Nasca textiles, proto-writing in Moche pottery, Chachapoya iconography and society, art and prestige among noble houses, the gateways of Tiwanaku, the iconography of a D-shaped ceremonial precinct at Conchopata, the correlation between geoglyphs and subterranean water resources and rock art in the northern Andean highlands. The papers are illustrated by photographs and drawings of sites and artefacts. Volume I is also available.
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Editorial Reviews

The first of two volumes, which editors hope will grow into a series, emphasizes actual material remains as the primary sources of knowledge about the past. Some of the 13 papers in the first volume were presented at a 1998 conference in Binghamton, New York. Topics include variations in sociopolitical organizations, early Andean civilizations, traditions of imperialism, and tracking the source of Quispisisa obsidian. The contributors are anthropologists from throughout the Americas. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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From the Reviews:
"...these volumes stand as an excellent overview of current Andean archaeological research, outside the confines of a particular school or perspective. This is, to my knowledge, the first English-language edited overview of Andean archaeology to be produced in at least 10 years. Both volumes should be on the shelves of all Andean prehistorians and university libraries, and could also provide an introduction to current Andean research for archaeologists working in other places. For those who teach an undergraduate course on the prehistory of the Andes either or both books would provide an excellent, and conveniently packaged, selection of in-depth materials that could accompany a more general text. Those with a general interest in the prehistory of the Andes will find much detail in Silverman and Isbell's volumes. The authors are to be congratulated on such a wide-ranging collection, and here is hoping that their wish to add further volumes to the series is realized in the near future."
(Ross W. Jamieson, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306472503
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/31/2002
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction. 1. From Art to Material Culture; The editors. Part II. Andean Art and Society; Section Introduction. The editors. 2. Identification of the Camelid Woman and Feline Man Themes, Motifs, and Designs in Pucara Style Pottery; S.J. Chávez. 3. Differentiating Paracas Necropolis and Early Nasca Textiles; H. Silverman. 4. Proto-Writing in Moche Pottery at Cerro Mayal, Peru; M.A. Jackson. 5. Chachapoya Iconography and Society at Laguna de los Cóndores, Peru; A. von Hagen. 6. Art and Prestige among Noble Houses of the Equatorial Andes; T. Grieder, et al. Part III. Landschapes of Power; Section Introduction. The Editors. 7. The Gateways of Tiwanaku: Symbols of Passages? J.-P. Protzen, S. Nair. 8. Religious Ideology and Military Organization in the Iconography of a D-Shaped Ceremonial Precinct at Conchopata; J.O. Paravicino, M.C. Romero. 9. A New Perspective on Conchopata and the Andean Middel Horizon; W.H. Isbell, A.G. Cook. 10. The Correlation Between Geoglyphs and Subterranean Water Resources in the Río Grande de Nazca Drainage; D.W. Johnson, et al. 11. Rock Art, Historical Memory, and Ethnic Boundaries: A Study from the Northern Andean Highlands; T.L. Bray. Part V. Conclusion. 12. Issues of Cultural Production and Reproduction; The editors. Index

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