The Andes are of unquestioned significance to the human story: a cradle of agriculture and of 'pristine' civilisation with a pedigree of millennia. The Incas were but the culmination of a succession of civilisations that rose and fell to leave one of the richest archaeological records on Earth. By no coincidence, the Andes are home also to our greatest surviving link to the speech of the New World before European conquest: the Quechua language family. For linguists, the native tongues of the Andes make for another rich seam of data on origins, expansions and reversals throughout prehistory. Historians and anthropologists, meanwhile, negotiate many pitfalls to interpret the conflicting mytho-histories of the Andes, recorded for us only through the distorting prism of the conquistadors' world-view.
Each of these disciplines opens up its own partial window on the past: very different perspectives, to be sure, but all the more complementary for it. Frustratingly though, specialists in each field have all too long proceeded largely in ignorance of great strides being taken in the others. This book is a long overdue meeting of minds, bringing together a worldwide cast of pre-eminent scholars from each discipline. Here they at last converge their disparate perspectives into a true cross-disciplinary focus, to weave together a more coherent account of what was, after all, one and the same prehistory.
The result, instructive also far beyond the Andes, is a rich case-study in the pursuit of a more holistic vision of the human past.
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This book offers a splendid conspectus of issues on many aspects of the Andean past and provides a blueprint for the questions which further researchers should explore. Further examination of such questions will henceforth be unthinkable without students of the topic examining this rich and diverse collection of handsomely-edited papers. ( Anthony Grant, Edge Hill University)Contenuti:
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Descrizione libro Oxford Univ Pr, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 440 pages. 9.29x5.98x1.18 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria __0197265030
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria 13977389-n
Descrizione libro British Academy, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110197265030
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0197265030