Details the status of contemporary research on Incan civilization, and addresses mysteries of the founding and abandonment of Machu Picchu, charting its archaeological history from 1911 to the present.
Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas
Author: Richard L. Burger,Lucy C. Salazar
Publisher: Yale University Press
"The Oxford Handbook of the Incas aims to be the first comprehensive book on the Inca, the largest empire in the pre-Columbian world. Using archaeology, ethnohistory and art history, the central goal of this handbook is to bring together novel recent research conducted by experts from different fields that study the Inca empire, from its origins and expansion to its demise and continuing influence in contemporary times"--Provided by publisher.
Author: Sonia Alconini,R. Alan Covey
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Flannery and Marcus demonstrate that the rise of inequality was not simply the result of population increase, food surplus, or the accumulation of valuables but resulted from conscious manipulation of the unique social logic that lies at the core of every human group. Reversing the social logic can reverse inequality, they argue, without violence.
How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire
Author: Kent Flannery
Publisher: Harvard University Press
The glories of Inca and Pre-Columbian South America are vividly captured in this richly illustrated story of the rise and fall of the people of the region. The civilizations superbly imaginative craftsmanship in gold and silver, its beautiful textiles, embroidery, ceramics, and architecture are featured in spectacular color photography. Besides the magnificent artistic legacy that survived the ravages of the Conquistadors in the sixteenth century, this lavish volume celebrates the beliefs, deities, myth making, empire building, and often turbulent history that were the foundation of the artwork and literature. Some of the most dramatic sites of South America are featured, including Machu Picchu and Cuzco, the oracle at Pachacamac, the mysterious Nazca lines, and the imperial city of Chan Chan. Author Jeffrey Quilter, an anthropological archaeologist, is a specialist in Pre-Columbian culture, deputy director of the Peabody Museum, and a senior lecturer at Harvard University.
Author: Jeffrey Quilter
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
The contributors to this volume--themselves from six continents and many representing indigenous and minority communities and disadvantaged countries--suggest strategies to strip archaeological theory and practice of its colonial heritage and create a discipline sensitive to its inherent inequalities.
Author: Jane Lydon,Uzma Z Rizvi
Publisher: Left Coast Press
Category: Social Science
The father of Peruvian archaeology, Julio Tello was the most distinguished Native American scholar ever to focus on archaeology. A Quechua speaker born in a small highland village in 1880, Tello did the impossible: he received a medical degree and convinced the Peruvian government to send him to Harvard and European universities to master archaeology and anthropology. He then returned home to shape modern Peruvian archaeology and the institutions through which it was carried out. Tello’s vision remains unique, and his work has taken on additional interest as contemporary scholars have turned their attention to the relationship among nationalism, ethnicity, and archaeology. Unfortunately, many of his most important works were published in small journals or newspapers in Peru and have not been available even to those with a reading knowledge of Spanish. This volume thus makes available for the first time a broad sampling of Tello’s writings as well as complementary essays that relate these writings to his life and contributions. Essays about Tello set the stage for the subsequent translations. Editor Richard Burger assesses his intellectual legacy, Richard Daggett outlines his remarkable life and career, and John Murra places him in both national and international contexts. Tello’s writings focus on such major discoveries as the Paracas mummies, the trepanation of skulls from Huarochirí, Andean iconography and cosmology, the relation between archaeology and nationhood, archaeological policy and preservation, and the role of science and museums in archaeology. Finally, the bibliography gives the most complete and accurate listing of Tello’s work ever compiled. With its abundance of coups, wars, political dramas, class struggle, racial discrimination, looters, skulls, mummies, landslides, earthquakes, accusations, and counteraccusations, The Life and Writings of Julio C. Tello will become an indispensable reference for Andeanists.
America's First Indigenous Archaeologist
Author: Richard L. Burger
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Machu Picchu, recently voted one of the New Wonders of the World, is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, yet it remains a mystery. Even the most basic questions are still unanswered: What was its meaning and why was it built in such a difficult location? Renowned explorer Johan Reinhard attempts to answer such elusive questions from the perspectives of sacred landscape and archaeoastronomy. Using information gathered from historical, archaeological, and ethnographical sources, Reinhard demonstrates how the site is situated in the center of sacred mountains and associated with a sacred river, which is in turn symbolically linked with the sun's passage. Taken together, these features meant that Machu Picchu formed a cosmological, hydrological, and sacred geological center for a vast region.
Exploring an Ancient Sacred Center
Author: Johan Reinhard
Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Category: Social Science
This volume provides case studies about successful strategies employed in diverse world areas for the protection of archaeological heritage resources. Some chapters focus on a search for solutions arrived at by diverse groups of people working in specific areas rather than simply describing loss of cultural heritage. Other chapters provide a long-term view of intensified efforts at protection of archaeological resources. The authors describe challenges and solutions derived by concerned people in eastern Asia (China, Japan, Thailand), West Africa, Easter Island, Jordan, Honduras and more than one area of Peru. All of the authors draw upon deep, personal involvement with the protection of cultural heritage in each area. This volume is a timely addition to a growing number of conferences and publications about the management of cultural heritage—both archaeological and historical.
Author: Anne P. Underhill,Lucy C. Salazar
Category: Social Science
Machu Picchu is one of the world's great travel destinations. Built in the mid-15th century and rediscovered in 1911, it is the stuff of legends. For a three hour or three day visit, this guide will help visitors see the best of this Lost City of the Incas. Includes a full-color fold-out map, 150 illustrations and a detailed tour.
A Self-guided Tour
Author: Ruth M. Wright,Alfredo Valencia Zegarra
Category: Inca architecture
Ynes Yupangui zwischen Inkareich und spanischer Kolonialherrschaft in Peru
Author: Kerstin Nowack
Category: Academic libraries
Author: Southeastern College Art Conference
In this new volume, R. Alan Covey and Donato Amado González present an archaeological and historical introduction to the Yucay Valley, as well as the complete transcription of the first volume of documents in the Betancur Collection. They show us how and why the lands and resources in the Yucay Valley (near Cusco, Peru) passed through so many hands. This book is a major contribution to Andean research because we see the disparate and competing interests harbored by diverse people¿from Inka emperors to the Spanish Crown, and from Colonial period elites to tributary populations¿all the while providing the kinds of demographic and ethnic details that archaeologists can only dream about. In sum, the legal documents published in this volume offer unprecedented data on ethnicity, demography, and the history of conflicting claims and interests of all those who worked and lived in the Yucay Valley of Peru.
Author: R. Alan Covey,Donato Amado González
Publisher: Museum of Anthropology University of Michigan
Category: Social Science