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The Ancient Central Andes


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List of Figure Acknowledgments On Orthography and Dating Issues 1. Backgrounds 2. Space, Time, and Form in the Central Andes 3. The Early and Middle Preceramic Periods 4. The Late Preceramic Period 5. The Initial Period 6.The Early Horizon 7. The Early Intermediate Period 8. The Middle Horizon 9. The Late Intermediate Period 10. The Late Horizon References Cited Image Credits Index

About the Author

Jeffrey Quilter is the William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, USA. He previously served as Director of the Pre-Columbian Studies Program and Curator of the Pre-Columbian Collection at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC and as a professor of Anthropology at Ripon College, Wisconsin. He has been involved in archaeological research particularly in Peru and Costa Rica. He has published numerous articles and books including Life and Death at Paloma (1989), Cobble Circles and Standing Stones (2004), Treasures of the Andes (2005), and The Moche of Ancient Peru (2011).


"Quilter's text is a succinct and up to date account of the cultural history of the Central Andes. Period by period he cuts to the heart of the important developments, and provides students with a sense of the magnificence of ancient Andean civilization. His explanations and interpretations of past events are clear, yet nuanced and balanced." - Katharina Schreiber, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

"Quilter offers a readable introduction to the archaeology of the Central Andes (the region incorporated into the Inca Empire) and proves that study of the region's highly sophisticated and diverse archaeological cultures is critical for better understanding the human condition. Organizing his book according to the standard periodization of Andean culture history, Quilter presents a concise but engaging summary of the archaeological cultures of western South America... The book should appeal to non-Andeanists, for Quilter adeptly situates the study of the ancient Central Andes within the larger current of theoretical and methodological debates in archaeology while highlighting the different perspectives developed to reconstruct ancient South American social formations. Summing up: Highly recommended."-E.R. Swenson, University of Toronto, in CHOICE

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