The Incas and their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru / Edition 2

The Incas and their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru / Edition 2

by Michael E. Moseley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0500282773

ISBN-13: 9780500282779

Pub. Date: 06/17/2001

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

In 1532, when Pizarro conquered Peru, the Inca realm was one of the largest empires on earth, graced by gold masterpieces, towns with great palaces and temples, and an impressive network of roads.
But this glittering culture only obscured the rich and diverse civilizations that had preceded it: Chavin, Moche, Nazca, Tiwanaku, Huari, and Chimu. Described as a

Overview

In 1532, when Pizarro conquered Peru, the Inca realm was one of the largest empires on earth, graced by gold masterpieces, towns with great palaces and temples, and an impressive network of roads.
But this glittering culture only obscured the rich and diverse civilizations that had preceded it: Chavin, Moche, Nazca, Tiwanaku, Huari, and Chimu. Described as a "masterly study" and an "outstanding volume" on its first publication, The Incas and Their Ancestors quickly 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 Incas are given new clarity by a spate of modern research on America's largest native empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500282779
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
06/17/2001
Edition description:
Revised Second Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction7
The Incas9
The conquest11
The historical record12
The archaeological record17
Chapter 2Land of the Four Quarters25
The Cordillera25
Geography of the Four Quarters32
Making a living43
Chapter 3The Inca Model of Statecraft51
The cosmos51
The ayllu53
Statecraft70
Chapter 4Colonization of the Cordillera87
The colonization process87
Adaptive dispersal92
Domestication102
Chapter 5The Preceramic Foundations of Civilization107
Preceramic economies107
Social formations114
Arts115
Monumental architecture117
Chapter 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
Chapter 7The Early Intermediate Period173
North coast174
The central and south coasts196
The sierra203
The altiplano208
Chapter 8The Middle Horizon223
Moche upheaval223
Huari adaptive dispersal230
Tiwanaku238
Chapter 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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