The Incas and Their Ancestors
The Archaeology of Peru 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Michael E. Moseley
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Incas and Their Ancestors by Michael E. Moseley
Book DescriptionNow 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780500282779
(255mm x 175mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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When Peru was conquered in 1532, the Inca realm was one of the largest empires on Earth. However this culture only obscured the diverse civilizations that had preceded it: Chavin, Moche, Tiwanaku and Huari. This book is a survey of all the great South American civilizations.
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Author Biography - Michael E. Moseley
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.
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