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The Incas And Their Ancestors

Author : Michael Edward Moseley
ISBN : 0500282773
Genre : History
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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.
Category: History

History Of The Inca Realm

Author : Maria Rostworowski de Diez Canseco
ISBN : 0521637597
Genre : History
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History of the Inca Realm is a classic work of ethnohistorical research that has been both influential and provocative in the field of Andean prehistory. Maria Rostworowski uses a great variety of published and unpublished documents and secondary works by Latin American, North American, and European scholars to examine topics such as the mythical origins of the Incas, the expansion of the Inca state, the political role of women, the vast trading networks of the coastal merchants, and the causes of the disintegration of the Inca state in the face of a small force of Spaniards.
Category: History

Andean Archaeology Iii

Author : William Isbell
ISBN : 0387757309
Genre : Social Science
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The third volume in the Andean Archaeology series, this book focuses on the marked cultural differences between the northern and southern regions of the Central Andes, and considers the conditions under which these differences evolved, grew pronounced, and diminished. This book continues the dynamic, current problem-oriented approach to the field of Andean Archaeology that began with Andean Archaeology I and Andean Archaeology II. Combines up-to-date research, diverse theoretical platforms, and far-reaching interpretations to draw provocative and thoughtful conclusions.
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Ancient Tiwanaku

Author : John Wayne Janusek
ISBN : 0521816351
Genre : History
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The Tiwanaku civilization, centred on Lake Titicaca, was of pre-eminent importance in the Andean region, from approximately 500-1100, yet has attracted considerably less attention, both popular and scholarly, than the Incas who came to replace them. Archaeology has only started to focus on the Tiwanaku in a major way in the last twenty or so years; this excellent study surveys and synthesises that research. It looks at the relationship between humans and landscape in the High Andes, examines the emergence of Tinawaku as a socially complex and highly diverse civilization, includes a detailed investigation of the archaeology of the city of Tinawaku, traces the relationship between Tinawaku and neighbouring civilizations, particularly the Wari, and finally charts the collapse of the empire. Challenging yet accessible to the non-specialist, there are plenty of thought provoking conclusions with wider applications for the study of high altitude cultures.
Category: History


Author : Luis Guillermo Lumbreras
ISBN : 8876246924
Genre : Art
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Documents the principal cultures from 1200 BC through the Spanish conquest in 1532, profiling sites and landscapes that are representative of the three major ecological levels of Peru while sharing focused coverage of two hundred examples that represent regional artistry in the fields of pottery, textiles, and jewelry.
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Inca Religion And Customs

Author : Father Bernabe Cobo
ISBN : 9780292789791
Genre : Social Science
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Completed in 1653, Father Bernabe Cobo's Historia del Nuevo Mundo is an important source of information on pre-conquest and colonial Spanish America. Though parts of the work are now lost, the remaining sections which have been translated offer valuable insights into Inca culture and Peruvian history. Inca Religion and Customs is the second translation by Roland Hamilton from Cobo's massive work. Beginning where History of the Inca Empire left off, it provides a vast amount of data on the religion and lifeways of the Incas and their subject peoples. Despite his obvious Christian bias as a Jesuit priest, Cobo objectively and thoroughly describes many of the religious practices of the Incas. He catalogs their origin myths, beliefs about the afterlife, shrines and objects of worship, sacrifices, sins, festivals, and the roles of priests, sorcerers, and doctors. The section on Inca customs is equally inclusive. Cobo covers such topics as language, food and shelter, marriage and childrearing, agriculture, warfare, medicine, practical crafts, games, and burial rituals. Because the Incas apparently had no written language, such postconquest documents are an important source of information about Inca life and culture. Cobo's work, written by one who wanted to preserve something of the indigenous culture that his fellow Spaniards were fast destroying, is one of the most accurate and highly respected.
Category: Social Science


Author : Margaret Young-S¾nchez
ISBN : 9780803249219
Genre : Art
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Introduces the striking artwork and fascinating rituals of this highland culture through approximately one hundred works of art and cultural treasures.
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The Incas

Author : Terence N. D'Altroy
ISBN : 9781118610596
Genre : Social Science
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The Incas is a captivating exploration of one of the greatest civilizations ever seen. Seamlessly drawing on history, archaeology, and ethnography, this thoroughly updated new edition integrates advances made in hundreds of new studies conducted over the last decade. • Written by one of the world’s leading experts on Inca civilization • Covers Inca history, politics, economy, ideology, society, and military organization • Explores advances in research that include pre-imperial Inca society; the royal capital of Cuzco; the sacred landscape; royal estates; Machu Picchu; provincial relations; the khipu information-recording technology; languages, time frames, gender relations, effects on human biology, and daily life • Explicitly examines how the Inca world view and philosophy affected the character of the empire • Illustrated with over 90 maps, figures, and photographs
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Chavin And The Origins Of Andean Civilization

Author : Richard L. Burger
ISBN : 0500278164
Genre : History
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This is the first detailed up-to-date account in English of Chavin and its precursors. Based on the author's intimate knowledge of unprecedented discoveries made over the past two decades, including his own excavations at Chavin and elsewhere, it places special emphasis on the unique character of early Andean civilization and the distinctive processes responsible for its development. A wealth of photographs, drawings and maps accompany the text, including for this expanded edition a new section of color plates.
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