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Ancient Titicaca [electronic resource] : the evolution of complex society in southern Peru and northern Bolivia /
Charles Stanish.
imprint
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2003.
description
xxiii, 354 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0520232453 (alk. paper)
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Book
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Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2003.
isbn
0520232453 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8837477
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-329) and index.
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Excerpts
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"No previous writer has attempted such an ambitious synthesis of the archaeology of Southern Peru and Northern Bolivia. Stanish is to be congratulated for his bold and successful endeavor. In this book he offers his readers an impressively broad range of archaeological, historic and cultural data and presents a coherent and plausible interpretation of the evolution of society in the greater Titicaca Basin. It is exciting that this material will now be available to Andean specialists and students of comparative civilization alike. This work will be required reading in university level courses and a regular presence on the bookshelves of Andean scholars for years to come."--Garth Bawden, author ofThe Moche "This case study of prehispanic cultural evolution in the Titicaca Basin addresses issues of broad general interest, not only to Andeanists but also to scholars working in many other parts of the world where archaic states and empires developed from simpler cultural forms. Stanish, who has been working along the forefront of research on the Titicaca Basin, brings a very large body of new data to bear upon major theoretical concerns in evolutionary anthropology. This book makes the Titicaca Basin archaeological record much more accessible than it ever has been in the past. It is a major contribution, and will surely be a landmark study for years to come."--Jeffrey R. Parsons, co-author of2000 Prehispanic Settlement Patterns in the Upper Mantaro and Tarma Drainages, Junin, Peru
Flap Copy
"No previous writer has attempted such an ambitious synthesis of the archaeology of Southern Peru and Northern Bolivia. Stanish is to be congratulated for his bold and successful endeavor. In this book he offers his readers an impressively broad range of archaeological, historic and cultural data and presents a coherent and plausible interpretation of the evolution of society in the greater Titicaca Basin. It is exciting that this material will now be available to Andean specialists and students of comparative civilization alike. This work will be required reading in university level courses and a regular presence on the bookshelves of Andean scholars for years to come."--Garth Bawden, author of The Moche "This case study of prehispanic cultural evolution in the Titicaca Basin addresses issues of broad general interest, not only to Andeanists but also to scholars working in many other parts of the world where archaic states and empires developed from simpler cultural forms. Stanish, who has been working along the forefront of research on the Titicaca Basin, brings a very large body of new data to bear upon major theoretical concerns in evolutionary anthropology. This book makes the Titicaca Basin archaeological record much more accessible than it ever has been in the past. It is a major contribution, and will surely be a landmark study for years to come."--Jeffrey R. Parsons, co-author of 2000 Prehispanic Settlement Patterns in the Upper Mantaro and Tarma Drainages, Junin, Peru
Summaries
Long Description
One of the richest and most complex civilizations in ancient America evolved around Lake Titicaca in southern Peru and northern Bolivia. This book is the first comprehensive synthesis of four thousand years of prehistory for the entire Titicaca region. It is a fascinating story of the transition from hunting and gathering to early agriculture, to the formation of the Tiwanaku and Pucara civilizations, and to the double conquest of the region, first by the powerful neighboring Inca in the fifteenth century and a century later by the Spanish Crown. Based on more than fifteen years of field research in Peru and Bolivia, Charles Stanish's book brings together a wide range of ethnographic, historical, and archaeological data, including material that has not yet been published. This landmark work brings the author's intimate knowledge of the ethnography and archaeology in this region to bear on major theoretical concerns in evolutionary anthropology. Stanish provides a broad comparative framework for evaluating how these complex societies developed. After giving an overview of the region's archaeology and cultural history, he discusses the history of archaeological research in the Titicaca Basin, as well as its geography, ecology, and ethnography. He then synthesizes the data from six archaeological periods in the Titicaca Basin within an evolutionary anthropological framework. Titicaca Basin prehistory has long been viewed through the lens of first Inca intellectuals and the Spanish state. This book demonstrates that the ancestors of the Aymara people of the Titicaca Basin rivaled the Incas in wealth, sophistication, and cultural genius. The provocative data and interpretations of this book will also make us think anew about the rise and fall of other civilizations throughout history.
Main Description
A broad, up-to-date synthesis of 4000 years of prehistoric social and political organization in the Lake Titicaca region of southern Peru and Bolivia, from the time the region was first settled (about 2000 BC) to the coming of the Spaniards in the 1530s.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface
Foreword
Ancient Collasuyu
The Evolution of Political Economies
The Geography and Paleoecology of the Titicaca Basin
The Ethnography and Ethnohistory of the Titicaca Basin
The History of Archaeological Research in the Titicaca Basin
The Origins and Elaboration of Rank in the Early and Middle Formative Periods
The Rise of Competitive Peer Polities in the Upper Formative Period
The First State of Tiwanaku
The Rise of Complex Agro-Pastoral Societies in the Altiplano Period
Conquest from Outside: The Inca Occupation of the Titicaca Basin
The Evolution of Social Power in the Titicaca Basin
Appendix: Selected Terms from the 1612 Aymara Dictionary of Ludovico Bertonio
Notes
References
Cited
Index
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