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By Charles Stanish

ISBN-10: 0520232453

ISBN-13: 9780520232457

One of many richest and most intricate civilizations in old the USA advanced round Lake Titicaca in southern Peru and northerly Bolivia. This publication is the 1st complete synthesis of 4 thousand years of prehistory for the total Titicaca zone. it's a interesting tale of the transition from searching and amassing to early agriculture, to the formation of the Tiwanaku and Pucara civilizations, and to the double conquest of the area, first by way of the strong neighboring Inca within the 15th century and a century later through the Spanish Crown. in keeping with greater than fifteen years of box examine in Peru and Bolivia, Charles Stanish's e-book brings jointly a variety of ethnographic, historic, and archaeological information, together with fabric that has no longer but been released. This landmark paintings brings the author's intimate wisdom of the ethnography and archaeology during this area to undergo on significant theoretical matters in evolutionary anthropology. Stanish offers a large comparative framework for comparing how those advanced societies built. After giving an summary of the region's archaeology and cultural historical past, he discusses the historical past of archaeological examine within the Titicaca Basin, in addition to its geography, ecology, and ethnography. He then synthesizes the information from six archaeological sessions within the Titicaca Basin inside of an evolutionary anthropological framework. Titicaca Basin prehistory has lengthy been seen during the lens of first Inca intellectuals and the Spanish kingdom. This e-book demonstrates that the ancestors of the Aymara humans of the Titicaca Basin rivaled the Incas in wealth, sophistication, and cultural genius. The provocative info and interpretations of this booklet also will make us imagine anew concerning the upward thrust and fall of different civilizations all through background. 34 b/w images, 12 line illustrations, 37 maps, 19 tables

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The growth spike in the Late Horizon in the Juli-Pomata region is partially a result of new migrations under the control of the Inca state, and such migrations are consistent with ethnohistoric reports of economic specialists such as potters, metalworkers, weavers, and STANISH, Ancient Titicaca 11/21/02 10:20 AM Page 17 ANCIENT COLLASUYU others. Data from the Late Horizon demonstrate that the Inca moved in large numbers of mitima and probably moved local populations to regional centers. Many of the mitima colonists appear to have been moved in as economic specialists, and evidence for craft specialization is substantial.

Viracocha Inca was very disappointed in being unable to take advantage of the conflict, and the battle permitted the Lupaqa to become a major political power in the basin (Cieza 1976: 219). 13 STANISH, Ancient Titicaca 11/21/02 10:20 AM Page 14 CHAPTER 1 Following the battle between the Lupaqa and the Colla, the Cari of the Lupaqa returned to Chucuito, the capital of his kingdom. ) Cieza’s account of what followed next is most intriguing. He says that Cari graciously received the Viracocha Inca at Chucuito, where they both drank from a golden goblet.

Individuals of rank control not only wealth but groups ranging from their extended family to whole villages and beyond. 4 The central question is: How can we model the evolution of ranked society from nonranked society? If the assumption is that individuals will make strategic decisions in their own perceived self-interest, then the following observation by Robert Bettinger must be part of any evolutionary model: “however beneficial cooperative behavior might be for collective bodies and their constituents, it should not occur except when it is in the self-interest of individuals as individuals” (Bettinger 1991: 157).

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