Archaeological Interpretations

“Tackles one of the most difficult problems in prehistoric archaeology: How can we approach an emic point of view? That is, how can we come to know how the participants in a given extinct, nonliterate culture saw themselves and understood their world? The authors do this with considerable success.”—Monica Barnes, editor, Andean Past “In seeking to … Continue reading Archaeological Interpretations

Maritime Communities of the Ancient Andes

“A landmark volume for the study of Andean maritime communities and an essential addition to the bookshelves of all archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists interested in fishing societies.”—Yuichi Matsumoto, Yamagata University “Long overdue. A valuable resource for understanding past and present research on Andean maritime communities and their differing roles in greater Andean societal development.”—Mary Glowacki, … Continue reading Maritime Communities of the Ancient Andes

Modeling Cross-Cultural Interaction in Ancient Borderlands

“This elegantly simple model is an innovative approach to visualizing interregional interaction in the ancient world. An original and significant contribution.”—Bradley J. Parker, coeditor of New Perspectives on Household Archaeology   “A most welcome contribution to the study of relationships between sociocultural units. I look forward to seeing this model used by archaeologists worldwide.”—Patricia A. Urban, … Continue reading Modeling Cross-Cultural Interaction in Ancient Borderlands

The Casma City of El Purgatorio

"Defines the Casma culture and demonstrates its importance in late Andean prehistory for the north coast of Peru. Vogel's pioneering work at El Purgatorio sets the stage for anticipated future studies."--Thomas Pozorski, University of Texas-Pan American "This detailed study fills a major gap in coastal Andean prehistory while also addressing broader issues of ancient urbanism … Continue reading The Casma City of El Purgatorio

Digging Up a Desert Civilization

Written by Christina A. Conlee, author of Beyond the Nasca Lines: Ancient Life at La Tiza in the Peruvian Desert “How do you know where to dig?” This is the most common question people ask me when they find out I am an archaeologist. People often think archaeological work is very mysterious. In reality, archaeologists … Continue reading Digging Up a Desert Civilization

Beyond the Nasca Lines

"Excellent. This is the first comprehensive cultural history for the Nasca Drainage from the first settlers to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors."--Donald A. Proulx, author of A Sourcebook of Nasca Ceramic Iconography: Reading a Culture through Its Art Inhabited for over 5,000 years before European colonization, the site of La Tiza provides an unprecedented … Continue reading Beyond the Nasca Lines

Provincial Lifestyles in the Andes

Negotiated Settlements: Andean Communities and Landscapes under Inka and Spanish Colonialism by Steven A. Wernke Pubdate: 2/26/13 The stepped terraces of the beautiful Colca Valley in southern Peru have been farmed by ordinary Andean people for hundreds of years. These pastoral groups had to deal with some drastic changes from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries, as … Continue reading Provincial Lifestyles in the Andes