The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru

The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru

by Michael E. Moseley
     
 

Described as "magnificent" and a "masterly study" on its first publication, The Incas and their Ancestors quicly established itself as the best general introduction to the cultures and civilizations of ancient Peru. Now this classic text has been fully updated for the revised edition. New discoveries over the last decade are integrated throughout. The occupation of… See more details below

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Described as "magnificent" and a "masterly study" on its first publication, The Incas and their Ancestors quicly established itself as the best general introduction to the cultures and civilizations of ancient Peru. Now this classic text has been fully updated for the revised edition. New discoveries over the last decade are integrated throughout. The occupation of Peru's desert coast can now be traced back to 12,000 BC and ensuing maritime adaptations are examined in early littoral societies that mummified their dead and others that were mound builders. The spread of Andean agriculture is related to fresh data on climate, and protracted drought is identified as a recurrent contributor to the rise and fall of civilizations in the Cordillera. The results of recent excavations enliven understanding of coastal Moche and Nazca societies and the ancient highland states of Huari and Tiwanaku. Architectural models accompanying burials provide fresh interpretations of the palaces of imperial Chan Chan, while the origins of the lncas are given new clarity by a spate of modern research on America's largest native empire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500050637
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
7.09(w) x 10.24(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction7
The Incas9
The conquest11
The historical record12
The archaeological record17
Ch. 2Land of the Four Quarters25
The Cordillera25
Geography of the Four Quarters32
Making a living43
Ch. 3The Inca Model of Statecraft
The cosmos51
The ayllu53
Statecraft70
Ch. 4Colonization of the Cordillera87
The colonization process87
Adaptive dispersal92
Domestication102
Ch. 5The Preceramic Foundations of Civilization107
Preceramic economies107
Social formations114
Arts115
Monumental architecture117
Ch. 6The Initial Period and Early Horizon131
Irrigation agriculture133
Monumental architecture136
Highland developments143
The Titicaca Basin154
The Early Horizon158
The southern sphere158
Chavin and the northern sphere163
Ch. 7The Early Intermediate Period173
North coast174
The central and south coasts196
The sierra203
The altiplano208
Ch. 8The Middle Horizon223
Moche upheaval223
Huari adaptive dispersal230
Tiwanaku238
Ch. 9The Late Intermediate Period245
The Titicaca region245
The southern sierra247
The central and northern sierra257
The central and south coasts258
Chimor and the north261
Epilogue276
Sources of Illustrations278
General Bibliography279
Archaeological Bibliography280
Index284

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