The Tiwanaku: Portrait of an Andean Civilization

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This book is an exploration of 3000 years of Tiwanakan history, from the first appearance of their settlement around the shores of Lake Titicaca to their contemporary descendants in the Andes. The author draws on archaeological evidence throughout the region, supplementing this with what can be drawn from later recorded myths and legends. He presents both a narration of Tiwanakan history and an account of the development of their culture, political economy, and insofar as possible, their daily lives. He also ...

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Overview

This book is an exploration of 3000 years of Tiwanakan history, from the first appearance of their settlement around the shores of Lake Titicaca to their contemporary descendants in the Andes. The author draws on archaeological evidence throughout the region, supplementing this with what can be drawn from later recorded myths and legends. He presents both a narration of Tiwanakan history and an account of the development of their culture, political economy, and insofar as possible, their daily lives. He also describes the development of Tiwanakan architecture and technology, particularly the sophisticated hydraulic engineering used in raised field agriculture.

Illustrated throughout with photographs, diagrams and maps, this book will be the fullest account to date of one of the greatest of the lost civilizations of South America.

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"A useful textbook covering a range of relevant topics, amply and well illustrated." British Bulletin of Publications

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557861832
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/16/1993
  • Series: Peoples of America Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,332,581
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Kolata was formerly Assistant Curator of the Field Museum of Natural History at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
1 The Myth of Tiwanaku 1
The Native Myths 1
The Modern Mythographers 10
Myth, History, and the People of Tiwanaku 18
2 The Sources 21
The Ethnohistoric Evidence 22
The Archaeological Evidence 27
The Linguistic and Ethnographic Evidence 32
The Paleoecological Evidence 36
3 The Natural and Social Setting 38
Ecology and Economy 51
4 Tiwanaku Emergence 56
Tiwanaku Precursors 59
Tiwanaku Emergence 81
5 Taypikala: The City at the Center 87
Sacred Geography and Urban Design 90
Tiwanaku's Civic-Ceremonial Core 103
Tiwanaku's Social Map 172
6 Metropole and Hinterland 177
Local Environment 179
Tiwanaku's Local Economy 181
The Technology of Raised Field Agriculture 183
Carrying Capacity, Population, and Food Supply 199
The Social Organization of Agricultural Production 205
Herders and Fishers 231
Political Economy and the Social Nature of Tiwanaku 240
7 The Empire Expands 243
Ideology and Imperialism in the Titicaca Basin 246
The Yungas Zones: Colonial Agricultural Provinces 250
Caravans, Clients, and the Far Periphery 272
8 The Decline and Fall of Tiwanaku 282
Climate and Collapse 284
Vulnerability of Tiwanaku Agricultural Systems 291
The Evidence of Changing Settlement Patterns 295
The Aftermath of Collapse 298
Bibliography 303
Index 313
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