This new survey provides the most up-to-date and authoritative account available of the Incas: their politics, economics, religion, architecture, art, and technology. The authors look in detail at the capital Cusco and at the four parts of the empire, exploring not just famous sites such as Machu Picchu but all the major regional settlements. The book concludes with the end of the empire: the arrival of the Spaniards, the assassination of the Inca ruler Atawallpa, and the final years of the rebellious, neo-Inca state in the tropical forests of Vilcabamba.
The illustrations range from finely fitted stonework to superbly engineered mountain terraces, from stunning textiles to brilliant metalwork in gold, silver, and bronze.
…a strong pick for any intrigued with ancient cultures and their civilizations.
— The Midwest Review of Books
Highly recommended for students, travelers, lecturers, and researchers.
— Colonial Latin American Historical Review
The authors make creative use of ethnohistoric and archaeological source materials, providing an original interpretation of Inca imperial strategies …highly recommended.
The book will appeal to general readers and students of the Inca alike, for it conveniently summarizes some of the latest interpretations on Inca religion, statecraft, quipus (knotted string recording devices), city planning, material culture, and administration. Highly Recommended.
The late Craig Morris is renowned for his excavation of Huánuco Pampa, the largest surviving Inca ruin. He was Curator of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Adriana von Hagen
Adriana von Hagen is co-director of the Leymebamba Museum in Chachapoyas, Peru, and an expert on Peruvian archaeology.