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The origins and development of civilization are vital components to the understanding of the cultural processes that create human societies. Comparing and contrasting the evolutionary sequences from different civilizations is one approach to discovering their unique development. One area for comparison is in the Central Andes where several societies remained in isolation without a written language. As a direct result, the only resource to understand these societies is their material artifacts.
In this second volume, the focus is on the art and landscape remains and what they uncover about societies of the Central Andes region. The ancient art and landscape, revealing the range and richness of the societies of the area significantly shaped the development of Andean archaeology. This work includes discussions on:
- pottery and textiles;
- iconography and symbols;
- geoglyphs and rock art.
This volume will be of interest to Andean archaeologists, cultural and historical anthropologists, material archaeologists and Latin American historians.
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