The Life and Writings of Julio C.Tello

The Life and Writings of Julio C.Tello : America's First Indigenous Archaeologist

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The father of Peruvian archaeology, Julio Tello was the most distinguished Native American scholar ever to focus on archaeology. A Quechua speaker born in a highland village in 1880, Tello convinced the Peruvian government to send him to Harvard and European universities to master archaeology and anthropology. He then returned home to shape modern Peruvian archaeology and the institutions through which it was carried out. Tello's vision remains unique, and his work has taken on additional interest as contemporary scholars have turned their attention to the relationship among nationalism, ethnicity, and archaeology. Unfortunately, many of his most important works have not been available even to those with a reading knowledge of Spanish. This volume thus makes available for the first time a broad sampling of Tello's writings. "Essays about Tello" set the stage for the subsequent translations. Editor Richard Burger assesses his intellectual legacy, Richard Daggett outlines his remarkable life and career, and John Murra places him in both national and international contexts. Tello's writings focus on such major discoveries as the Paracas mummies, the trepanation of skulls from Huarochiri, and the role of science and museums in archaeology. Finally, the bibliography gives the most complete and accurate listing of Tello's work ever compiled. With its abundance of coups, wars, political dramas, class struggle, racial discrimination, looters, skulls, mummies, landslides, earthquakes, accusations, and counter accusations, "The Life and Writings of Julio C. Tello" will become an indispensable reference for Andeanists.show more

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  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 51 photos, 93 drawings, 4 maps
  • 1587297833
  • 9781587297830
  • 1,389,081

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This volume makes an important contribution to the intellectual history of Andean archaeology by contextualizing Julio C. Tello within the dramatic events of Peru in the first half of the twentieth century, placing him in the international milieu of his times, and assessing his legacy. Because Tello published his works in what are now extremely obscure and difficult to acquire sources, Richard Burger has performed an extremely valuable service to the field by making these key articles readily accessible. This volume, with its comprehensive bibliography of Tello s writings, is a must-read for all specialists. Helaine Silverman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"show more

About Richard L. Burger

Richard Burger is the Charles J. MacCurdy professor of anthropology at Yale University as well as the chairman of Yale's Archaeological Studies Council, a curator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the president of the Institute of Andean Research. Specializing in the Central Andes, he has carried out research in Peru for more than three decades.show more

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