The Complete Illustrated History of the Ancient Inca Empire: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of the Incas and Other Ancient Peoples of South America with More Than 1000 Photographs

The Complete Illustrated History of the Ancient Inca Empire: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of the Incas and Other Ancient Peoples of South America with More Than 1000 Photographs

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By (author) David M. Jones

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  • Publisher: LORENZ BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 229mm x 38mm | 1,438g
  • Publication date: 16 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 075482358X
  • ISBN 13: 9780754823582
  • Illustrations note: over 1000 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 155,007

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This is a comprehensive encyclopedia of the Incas and other ancient people of South America with more than 1000 photographs. It provides an exploration of the political and social history, art, architecture and mythology of the lost cultures of the Andes. It presents an in-depth history of the ancient people of South America including the Paracas, Chavin, Nazca, Moche, Wari, Lambayeque-Sipan, Tiwanaku, Chimu and Inca. Discover the breathtaking developments in Andean art, from the mysterious lines etched in the Nazca desert to the lovely temples erected at Kotosh, La Galgada and Aspero. Over 1000 colour photographs, paintings, artefacts, maps and artworks bring the ancient cultures of the South America to vivid life. The history of the Incas fascinates the modern world. This groundbreaking book separates fact from fiction, exploring the native people of Peru and the Andes, their mythologies and ancient belief systems, and the amazing beauty of Inca art and architecture. It opens with the culture and history of its many kingdoms and their mythological rituals and beliefs. The second half of the book focuses on the day-to-day lives of ordinary people and the beautiful art they created, such as ceramics, gold- and silverwork and fabrics. This authoritative volume combines over 1000 striking illustrations with lively and engaging text.

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Dr David M Jones studied at the University of California, Berkeley and obtained a PhD in the Archaeology of the Americas at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. He is the co-author with Brian Molyneaux of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Indian Mythology and was consultant on The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Aztec & Maya and The Aztec and Maya World (all published by Lorenz Books) and co-author of the Blue Guide Mexico. He wrote on Mesoamerican and South American art for The Grove Dictionary of Art.

Review quote

"This book takes you to the very heart of the Inca civilization. From the dizzying heights of the Andean cordilleras to the golden kingdoms of coastal Peru and onwards to the Incas the story unfolds with breathtaking clarity." (Tony Morrison, photographer and author of Pathway to the Gods)"