Ancient South America

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 - History - 424 pages
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"To outsiders ancient South America is synonymous with the Incas. Originally a small unremarkable group, the Incas, under their leader Pachacuti, conquered most of their known world within a single lifetime. But before the Incas there were some ten millennia of prehistory, centuries in which great civilizations rose flourished and, inevitably, fell. Chavin, with its fanged gods and hallucinogenic drugs; Huam, a massive militaristic state; the Manteno, who held the most valued substance of the Andes in their power; the Quimbaya, who developed the most beautiful gold work the world has ever seen - all were part of the unique history of the continent. Ancient South America provides an incisive view of this exotic continent and its remarkable past. The origins of agriculture, ceramics and metallurgy and the complexities of Andean mythology are covered clearly and non-dogmatically, as are developments in the tropical regions of the continent. The contributions of these cultures to modern civilizations are enormous yet still little appreciated."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Contents

Still a New World
1
The physical setting
23
430006000 BC
43
60003500 BC
65
The problem of maize
89
their origins and technology
116
the high art of South America
156
Metallurgy
174
AD 500900
239
Transport and trade
278
The sixteenth century
331
Intercontinental movements before Columbus
360
Appendix A Economic plants originating in South America
378
Select bibliography
401
Index
418
Copyright

Iconographic studies
223

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Page 406 - Goodman, Edward J., The Explorers of South America. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1992.

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About the author (1994)

Bruhns is Professor of Anthropology at San Francisco State University and Research Associate, Califonia Academy of Sciences.

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