9780500282779

The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru (Revised Edition)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780500282779

  • ISBN10:

    0500282773

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 6/17/2001
  • Publisher: THAMES&HUD

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Michael E. Moseley is Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Paleo-environmental Studies at the University of Florida. He has conducted extensive fieldwork on the pre-Columbian sites of Peru and is the author of many books and studies on the subject

Table of Contents

Introduction
7(18)
The Incas
9(2)
The conquest
11(1)
The historical record
12(5)
The archaeological record
17(8)
Land of the Four Quarters
25(26)
The Cordillera
25(7)
Geography of the Four Quarters
32(11)
Making a living
43(8)
The Inca Model of Statecraft
51(36)
The cosmos
51(2)
The ayllu
53(17)
Statecraft
70(17)
Colonization of the Cordillera
87(20)
The colonization process
87(5)
Adaptive dispersal
92(10)
Domestication
102(5)
The Preceramic Foundations of Civilization
107(24)
Preceramic economies
107(7)
Social formations
114(1)
Arts
115(2)
Monumental architecture
117(14)
The Initial Period and Early Horizon
131(42)
Irrigation agriculture
133(3)
Monumental architecture
136(7)
Highland developments
143(11)
The Titicaca Basin
154(4)
The Early Horizon
158(1)
The southern sphere
158(5)
Chavin and the northern sphere
163(10)
The Early Intermediate Period
173(50)
North coast
174(22)
The central and south coasts
196(7)
The sierra
203(5)
The altiplano
208(15)
The Middle Horizon
223(22)
Moche upheaval
223(7)
Huari adaptive dispersal
230(8)
Tiwanaku
238(7)
The Late Intermediate Period
245(31)
The Titicaca region
245(2)
The southern sierra
247(10)
The central and northern sierra
257(1)
The central and south coasts
258(3)
Chimor and the north
261(15)
Epilogue 276(2)
Sources of Illustrations 278(1)
General Bibliography 279(1)
Archaeological Bibliography 280(4)
Index 284

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