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Andean Archaeology

ISBN: 978-0-631-23400-5
360 pages
May 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book provides an introduction to one of the most fascinating and well-known centers of ancient civilization.

  • Explores the rise of civilization in the Central Andes from the time of the region's earliest inhabitants to the emergence of the Inca state many thousands of years later.
  • Comprised of 13 newly commissioned chapters written by leading archaeologists representing current thinking in the field.
  • Presents the central debates in contemporary Inca and Andean archaeology.
  • Progresses chronologically and culturally to reveal the processes by which multiple Andean societies became increasingly complex.
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Series Editors' Preface.

Editor's Preface.

List of Figures and Tables.

List of Contributors.

1. Introduction: Helaine Silverman (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

2. The First Settlers: Tom D. Dillehay, Duccio Bonavia, and Peter Kaulicke (University of Kentucky, Universidad Peruana Cayetano, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru).

3. Cultural Transformations in the Central Andean Late Archaic: Jonathan Haas and Winifred Creamer (Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, and Northern Illinois University).

4. Building Authority at Chavin de Huantar: Models of Social Organization and Development in the Initial Period and Early Horizon: Silvia Rodriguez Kembel and John W. Rick (University of Pittsburgh and Stanford University).

5. Life, Death, and Ancestors: Lisa DeLeonardis and George F. Lau (Johns Hopkins University and University of East Anglia).

6. The Art of Moche Politics: Garth Bawden (University of New Mexico).

7. Clothing the Social World: Ran Boytner (University of California, Los Angeles).

8. Wari Art and Society: Anita G. Cook (Catholic University of America).

9. Experiencing the Cities of Wari and Tiwanaku: William H. Isbell and Alexei Vranich (SUNY-Binghamton and University of Pennsylvania).

10. Household and City in Tiwanaku: John W. Janusek (Vanderbilt University).

11. Late Prehispanic Sociopolitical Complexity: Christina Conlee, Jalh Dulanto, Carol J. Mackey, and Charles Stanish (University of California, Santa Barbara, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, California State University, Northridge, and University of California, Los Angeles).

12. Knowing the Inca Past: Juha Hiltunen and Gordon F. McEwan (University of Oulu, Finland, and Wagner College).

13. Andean Empires: Terence N. D'Altroy and Katharina Schreiber (Columbia University and University of California, Santa Barbara).

Cumulative Bibliography.

Index
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Helaine Silverman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her books include Ancient Nasca Settlement and Society (2002), The Place and Space of Death (edited with David B. Small, 2002), Andean Archaeology I: Variations in Sociopolitical Organization and Andean Archaeology II: Art, Landscape, and Society (both edited with William H. Isbell, 2002), and The Nasca (with Donald A. Proulx, Blackwell, 2002).
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  • An introduction to one of the most fascinating and well-known centers of ancient civilization.

  • Explores the rise of civilization in the Central Andes from the time of the region's earliest inhabitants to the emergence of the Inca state many thousands of years later.
  • Comprised of 13 newly commissioned chapters written by leading archaeologists representing current thinking in the field.
  • Presents the central debates in contemporary Inca and Andean archaeology.
  • Progresses chronologically and culturally to reveal the processes by which multiple Andean societies became increasingly complex.
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“The publication of Andean Archaeology is long overdue and a relief to those who teach the subject. It offers state-of-the-art summaries of exciting advances, especially concerning little-known pre-Incan civilisations.” New Scientist

"I became really excited when I first saw Helaine Silverman's edited volume... Andean Archaelogy, I thought, could indeed become a source of core texts for undergraduate courses... The thirteen chapters provide a mix of balanced scholarly review and pushy polemics dotted with flashes of thoughtful insight." Alexander Herrera, in Archaeological Review from Cambridge

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