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The ancient kingdoms of Peru

Author: Nigel Davies
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1997.
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"As recently as 1987, robbers discovered by far the most spectacular vestiges of the Moche people, who ruled much of Peru for the first six centuries of the Christian era. This find - a royal burial chamber shoulder-deep in gold and silver ornaments and carvings studded with jewels - has provided many powerful insights into their way of life as Nigel Davies shows." "Patterns representing a condor, a killer whale and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davies, Nigel, 1920-2004.
Ancient kingdoms of Peru.
London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1997
(OCoLC)988951595
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Davies
ISBN: 0140233814 9780140233810
OCLC Number: 37552622
Description: xii, 220 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Contents: The birth of civilization --
Moche --
Nazca : unsolved enigmas --
The Middle Kingdoms --
The Great Chimor --
The rise of the Incas --
The Sacred City --
The boundless realm --
The conquest.
Responsibility: Nigel Davies.

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"As recently as 1987, robbers discovered by far the most spectacular vestiges of the Moche people, who ruled much of Peru for the first six centuries of the Christian era. This find - a royal burial chamber shoulder-deep in gold and silver ornaments and carvings studded with jewels - has provided many powerful insights into their way of life as Nigel Davies shows." "Patterns representing a condor, a killer whale and even an 80-metre monkey, visible only from the air, are etched into a bare expanse of desert at Nazca. Davies analyses and assesses the latest scholarly theories surrounding one of the world's great enigmas. He then turns to the key power centres of the 'middle period' in Huari and Tiahuanaco, the great coastal civilization of Chimor (the first for which we have written accounts), and its eventual defeat by the Incas in around 1470. Alongside the often biased conquistador chronicles, rchaeology can now illuminate the Inca imperial cult, their methods of agriculture, road-building, town-planning and settlement."--Jacket.

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