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Ancient South America

Ancient South America

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  • Date Published: August 1994
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2006
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521277617

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  • South America is still the least known continent in the world. Isolated for all of prehistory and much of its history, it is quite alien to the average European, Asian, or North American. Yet this continent witnessed the development of a series of cultures and of advanced civilizations which rival anything in Eurasia or Africa. Independently South American peoples invented agriculture and domesticated animals, pottery, elaborate architecture, and the arts of working metals. Tribes, chiefdoms, and immense conquest states rose, flourished, and disappeared leaving only their ruined monuments and broken artifacts as testimonials to past greatness. Ancient South America encompasses ten millennia of cultural development and diversity. Accessibly written and abundantly illustrated, this book will be enjoyed by students of archaeology, anthropology, and art history.

    • Accessible, well illustrated book on fascinating cultures of Ancient South America
    • First textbook on this subject in English
    • Of great general interest to amateur archaeologists, art historians, and those fascinated by South American culture
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    'Karen Olsen Bruhns took on a formidable task when she set out to write a synthesis of our general state of knowledge of Ancient South America. The book she wrote is a triumph. It is so well crafted and informative that it should be owned by everyone and anyone interested in the native cultures of South America. It can serve as an introductory text, a chance for the professional to brush up on the latest developments outside of his or her specialty, or as a reference work to keep close by one's desk.' American Anthropologist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521277617
    • length: 448 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 172 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • contains: 240 b/w illus. 11 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2006
  • Table of Contents

    1. Still a new world
    2. A matter of time
    3. The physical setting
    4. The first peoples:
    12,000–6000 BC
    5. Settling down:
    6000–3500 BC
    6. The problem of maize
    7. Cultural intensifications in the Andes:
    3500–2000 BC
    8. Ceramics: their origins and technology
    9. The first civilizations:
    2000–200 BC
    10. Textiles: the high art of South America
    11. Metallurgy
    12. Regional diversification and development:
    200 BC–AD 600
    13. Iconographic studies
    14. Militaristic and religious movements in the Andes: AD 500–900
    15. Transport and trade
    16. Kingdoms, chiefdoms and empires: AD 900–1438
    17. The sixteenth century
    18. Intercontinental movements before Columbus
    19. The future of a continent

  • Author

    Karen Olsen Bruhns, San Francisco State University

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