Pyramids of Tucume: The Quest for Peru's Forgotten City

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Thor Heyerdahl author of Kon Tiki has returned to his original starting point ,Peru, where he learned of the colossal site of Tucume in the north of the country.

What type of civilization built the pyramids of Tucume? What discoveries lay in store for the investigator prepared to investigate so vast a city? Heyerdahl braved hardships, evil spirits and bandits before he won the acceptance of the local people and, with his fellow researchers, the archaeologists Daniel Sandweiss ...

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Overview

Thor Heyerdahl author of Kon Tiki has returned to his original starting point ,Peru, where he learned of the colossal site of Tucume in the north of the country.

What type of civilization built the pyramids of Tucume? What discoveries lay in store for the investigator prepared to investigate so vast a city? Heyerdahl braved hardships, evil spirits and bandits before he won the acceptance of the local people and, with his fellow researchers, the archaeologists Daniel Sandweiss and Alfredo Narvaez, put in place an ambitious program of excavation. Pyramids of Tucume is the first-hand account of their experiences and discoveries.

"Well-illustrated synthesis of multi-year excavations at a city of the Lambayeque culture extending over 220 hectares with 26 major pyramids, and founded ca. AD 1100"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Alice Joyce
The Peruvian site of Tucume encompasses an amazing 26 pyramids, but it went largely unrecognized until Heyerdahl's interest was ignited in 1988. The resulting archaeological activity is recorded here by Heyerdahl and his coauthors in a straightforward account of excavations undertaken by their team. One of them steps in to interpret the cultural significance of their findings; another looks at the greater implications of the architectural site, the fascinating pyramid structures, and impressive artifacts uncovered. The most exciting discoveries are linked to Heyerdahl's inquiry regarding possible ocean travel and boatbuilding by early inhabitants of Tucume. Among the finds were stunning friezes depicting birdmen piloting reed boats amid anthropomorphic waves.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780500050767
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
1 Tucume and the Maritime Heritage of Peru's North Coast 9
2 Tucume: A Temple City Called Purgatory 38
3 Cultural Background and Regional Prehistory 56
4 The Pyramids of Tucume: The Monumental Sector 79
5 The Maritime Connection: Huaca Las Balsas 131
6 Life in Ancient Tucume: Sector V 142
7 Death in Ancient Tucume: The South Cemetery and Huaca Facho 169
8 Peak of the Past: La Raya Mountain 179
9 Tucume Past 190
10 Tucume and the Continuity of Peruvian Culture 199
Notes 230
Bibliography 233
Acknowledgments 236
Index 237
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