Ancient Civilizations of the New World


In this concise, yet sweeping look at the origins & development of ancient New World civilizations, Richard Adams provides a superb introductory overview of these unique & fascinating cultures. Incorporating the latest breakthroughs in the study of the cultures of Mesoamerica & the Andes, Adams examines the development of the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, & Inca peoples, among others, from simple agricultural societies to urban civilizations with complex transportation networks, distinct social hierarchies, rich artistic & religious traditions, & writing systems that have defied anthropological investigation until recently.


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