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- DescriptionAncient Nasca culture of the south coast of Peru is famous for its magnificent polychrome ceramics, textiles, and other works of art, as well as the enigmatic ground markings on the desert plain at Nasca. In the past two decades much has become kwn about the people who produced these fascinating works. This scholarly yet accessible book provides a penetrating examination of this important civilization. It traces the history of archaeological research on the south coast and reveals the misconceptions that became canized in the scholarly literature. Based on years of fieldwork by the authors in the region, it provides a comprehensive and readable analysis of ancient Nasca society, examining Nasca social and political organization, religion, and art. The highlight for many readers will be the chapter on the Nazca Lines which debunks Erich von D'niken's contention that the desert markings were made by extraterrestrials. This well-illustrated, concise text will serve as a benchmark study of the Nasca people and culture for years to come.
- Author BiographyHelaine Silverman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Cahuachi in the Ancient Nasca World (1993) and Ancient Peruvian Art: An Annotated Bibliography (1996) Donald Proulx is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of several research reports including Archaeological Investigations in the Nepena Valley, Peru (1973) and An Analysis of the Early Cultural Sequence in the Nepena Valley, Peru (1985).
- Author(s)Helaine Silverman,Prof Donald Proulx
- PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Date of Publication10/01/2002
- Series TitlePeoples of America
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBlackwell Publishers
- Content Noteb/w pls and figs
- Weight616 g
- Width157 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine24 mm
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