The Incas and Their Ancestors

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  • Copyright: 1993-08-01
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'An outstanding volume that provides a comprehensive and coherent introduction to the prehistory of the Andes...'--Professor Richard L. Burger, 'Hispanic American Historical Review'

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

Introductionp. 7
The Incasp. 9
The conquestp. 11
The historical recordp. 12
The archaeological recordp. 17
Land of the Four Quartersp. 25
The Cordillerap. 25
Geography of the Four Quartersp. 32
Making a livingp. 43
The Inca Model of Statecraftp. 51
The cosmosp. 51
The ayllup. 53
Statecraftp. 70
Colonization of the Cordillerap. 87
The colonization processp. 87
Adaptive dispersalp. 92
Domesticationp. 102
The Preceramic Foundations of Civilizationp. 107
Preceramic economiesp. 107
Social formationsp. 114
Artsp. 115
Monumental architecturep. 117
The Initial Period and Early Horizonp. 131
Irrigation agriculturep. 133
Monumental architecturep. 136
Highland developmentsp. 143
The Titicaca Basinp. 154
The Early Horizonp. 158
The southern spherep. 158
Chavin and the northern spherep. 163
The Early Intermediate Periodp. 173
North coastp. 174
The central and south coastsp. 196
The sierrap. 203
The altiplanop. 208
The Middle Horizonp. 223
Moche upheavalp. 223
Huari adaptive dispersalp. 230
Tiwanakup. 238
The Late Intermediate Periodp. 245
The Titicaca regionp. 245
The southern sierrap. 247
The central and northern sierrap. 257
The central and south coastsp. 258
Chimor and the northp. 261
Epiloguep. 276
Sources of Illustrationsp. 278
General Bibliographyp. 279
Archaeological Bibliographyp. 280
Indexp. 284
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