Ancient Civilizations of the New World

Synopsis

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.