Ancient Titicaca: The Evolution of Complex Society in Southern Peru and Northern Bolivia

Synopsis

"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

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Joyce Marcus
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Berkeley, CA
Publication year:
  • 2003