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Nearly a millennium before the Inca forged a pan-Andean empire in the South American Andes, Tiwanaku emerged as a major center of political, economic, and religious life on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca. Ancient Tiwanaku synthesizes a wealth of past and current research on this fascinating high-altitude civilization. In the first major synthesis on the subject in nearly fifteen years, John Wayne Janusek explores Tiwanaku civilization in its geographical and cultural setting, tracing its long rise to power, vast geopolitical influences, and violent collapse.Read more
- Most recent (and 2nd) synthesis of knowledge on the subject for 15 years
- Tiwanaku was perhaps the most important pre-Inca, South American civilization
- Especially attends to Tiwanaku's rise to power, great social diversity, and violent collapse
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"...Janusek succeeds in synthesizing existing research on Tiwanaku in an impressively solid way...This book is a valuable contribution to Tiwanaku scholarship, setting a benchmark for the newer generation of students and scholars." --Mathieu Viau-Courville, Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia, UK
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- Date Published: May 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521016629
- length: 362 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 151 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Unraveling Tiwanaku's mystery
2. Land and people
3. Early complexity and Tiwanaku's ascendance
4. The city of Tiwanaku
5. The rural hinterland
6. Tiwanaku geopolitics
7. Wari and Tiwanaku
8. Collapse and regeneration
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- Ancient Civilizations of the Andes
- History of the Andes 1
- Pre-Columbia: Archaeology of the Ancient Americas
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