Alexei Vranich, Elizabeth A. Klarich, Charles Stanish, eds.
The focus of this volume is the northern Titicaca Basin, an area once belonging to the quarter of the Inka Empire called Collasuyu. The original settlers around the lake had to adapt to living at more than 12,000 feet, but as this volume shows so well, this high-altitude environment supported a very long developmental sequence that climaxed in impressive villages with sunken courts and towns and cities with fascinating sculptures and public buildings. The data reported in this book come from a series of projects that advance our understanding of sociopolitical evolution within Peru and Bolivia and well beyond. From this book, we learn about key sites like Taraco, Pukara, Balsaspata, Qaluyu, Cancha Cancha Asiruni, Arapa, and Huancanewichinka. Lavishly illustrated and supplying data integral to understanding Andean prehistory, this is a must-buy for Andeanists as well as others interested in the rise of sociopolitical complexity.
Order from the University of Michigan Press.
Publisher: Museum of Anthropology
Year of Publication: 2012
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Print ISBN: 978-0-915703-78-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-951519-75-9
Monograph Series / Number: Memoirs No. 51
Tables / Illustrations: 18 tables, 342 illustrations
Notes, Comments, Reviews:
“Each chapter, with abundant illustrations and photographs, presents data concerning different facets of Titicaca Basin archaeology that will be welcome by both Lake Titicaca specialists and non-specialists alike.” Journal of Anthropological Research, vol. 70, 2014