The Origins and Development of the Andean State

Overview

This volume brings together research on the evolution of civilisation in the Andean region of South America from the work of sixteen leading scholars, at one time actively engaged in fieldwork in Peru. Beginning with early chiefdom societies living along the Peruvian coast 2000 years before Christ, the authors trace the growing complexity of Andean states and empires over the next 3000 years. They examine the accomplishments of the ancient Andeans in the rise of magnificent monumental architecture and the ...

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Overview

This volume brings together research on the evolution of civilisation in the Andean region of South America from the work of sixteen leading scholars, at one time actively engaged in fieldwork in Peru. Beginning with early chiefdom societies living along the Peruvian coast 2000 years before Christ, the authors trace the growing complexity of Andean states and empires over the next 3000 years. They examine the accomplishments of the ancient Andeans in the rise of magnificent monumental architecture and the construction of unparalleled prehistoric irrigation systems. They also look at the dominant role of warfare in Andean societies and at the collapse of empires in the millennia before the arrival of the Spanish in 1534. Together, the contributors provide the first systematic study of the evolution of polities along the dry coastal plains and high mountain valleys of the Peruvian Andes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521104852
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2009
  • Series: New Directions in Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Jonathan Haas; Chronology Shelia Pozorski and Thomas Pozorski; 1. Architectural evidence for the development of nonegalitarian social systems in coastal Peru Robert A. Feldman; 2. Theocracy vs. militarism: the significance of the Casma Valley in understanding early state formation Sheila Pozorski; 3. The exercise of power in early Andean state development Jonathan Haas; 4. Chavin, the Early Horizon and the Initial Period Thomas Pozorski and Sheila Pozorski; 5. The archaeological investigation of Andean militarism: some cautionary observations John Topic and Theresa Topic; 6. Reconstructing patterns of early warfare in the Lower Santa Valley: new data on the role of conflict in the origins of complex north coast society David J. Wilson; 7. Toward the development of the state on the north central coast of Peru Richard Daggett; 8. State origins in the Ayacucho Valley, central highlands, Peru William H. Isbell; 9. From state to empire: the expansion of Wari outside the Ayacucho Basin Katharina J. Schreiber; 10. The development of Chimu administration in Chan Chan Alexandra M. Ulana Klymyshyn; 11. Changing priorities within the Chimu state: the role of irrigation agriculture Thomas Pozorski; 12. Chimu administration in the provinces Carol J. Mackey; 13. Horizontal and vertical dimensions of prehistoric states in north Peru Izumi Shimada; 14. Implications of Andean verticality in the evolution of political complexity: a view from the margins Charles M. Hastings; 15. Comment Betty J. Meggers; 16. Broader perspectives on Andean state origins M. C. Webb; 17. References cited; Index.

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