Ancient Andean Life

Ancient Andean Life

Ancient Andean Life

Ancient Andean Life

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The story of ancient life in America is a chapter in the spiritual history of man throughout the world and throughout the ages. An effort has been made in the three volumes of this series to bring the story of human culture as it developed upon the American continent into its proper place in the broad science of man. Culture history should be studied in every high school; it is more important than chronological history. In the curriculum of every college and university the essentials of the science of man should have a place. Ancient Peru, like ancient Mexico, or any other land of antiquity, must be studied in relation to contemporary cultures and to the streams of human life which have flowed out over the world from the cave man on. One must see many lands and many peoples.

"What should they know of England Who only England know?"

-- Kipling

This account of ancient life in Andean America, along with that of ancient Mexico, Central America, and the American Southwest, may point the way to a view of America from a wider angle, namely, that of comparative archæology. There is a certain continuity of conditions down these five thousand miles of continental backbone -- elevated, temperate plateaus; high, well-watered mountain valleys; food-producing vegetation, both natural and cultivated; close-knit community life; arts and industries that pertained to sedentary existence; the esthetic and spiritual tendencies that . . .

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