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'Pre-Columbian Civilizations & Cultures'
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Below are a selection of books about 'Pre-Columbian Civilizations & Cultures' that brought great architectural structures, social organisation, and also 'human blood sacrifice' to the various regions of North, Central and South America. These empires were decimated by the Spanish Conquistadors, Portuguese explorers, and other European 'empire-builders', and much detail of their various cultures has been lost forever. But researchers in many fields have managed to reconstruct a series of pictures of daily life in the various cities, towns and villages, and the list below reflects the many views that are currently held about these diverse peoples.

They are in no order of preference, and the book descriptions are used where reviews are not available to us. The similarities, and great differences, between interpretations, often of the same material, urban remains, and local oral traditions recorded by early explorers, make up a body of knowledge that continues to intrigue, facinate and surprise everyone that delves into the mysteries of the many ancient Pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas ...

 

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"Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas" by Richard L. Burger (Editor) & Lucy C. Salazar (Editor)

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"Situated high in the Peruvian Andes, the fifteenth-century Inca palace complex at Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the world. In this beautifully illustrated book, leading American and Peruvian scholars provide an unprecedented overview of the site, its place within the Inca empire, the mysteries surrounding its establishment and abandonment, and the discoveries made there since the excavations by archaeologist Hiram Bingham III in the early twentieth century. Drawing upon the most recent scientific findings, the authors vividly describe the royal estate in the cloud forest where the Inca emperor and his guests went to escape the pressures of the capital. In addition to Bingham's exciting account of his first expedition in 1911, the book includes new and archival photographs of the site as well as color illustrations and explanations of some 120 gold, silver, ceramic, bone, and textile works recovered at Machu Picchu."

 

"The Incas (The Peoples of America)" by Terence N. Daltroy

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"The great empire of the Incas at its height encompassed an area of western South America comparable in size to the Roman Empire in Europe. This book describes and explains its extraordinary progress from a small Andean society in southern Peru to its rapid demise little more than a century later at the hands of the Spanish conquerors. The Incas provides the first book to fully synthesize history and archeology in an exploration of the entire empire from Chile to Ecuador. Drawing from commentaries and research by hundreds of chroniclers, explorers, and scholars, the author explains how the Incas drew from millennia of cultural developments to mould a diverse land into a dynamic, powerful, and yet fragile polity. From this integrated perspective, The Incas profoundly rethinks the nature of imperial formation, ideology, and social, economic, and political relations in Inca society."

 

"The Conquest of the Incas" by John Hemming

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"Praised as the finest account of the annihilation of the Incan empire since W.H. Prescott's History of the Conquest of Peru, this compelling, authoritative account removes the Incas from the realm of prehistory and legend and shows the reality of their struggle against the Spanish invasion. Drawing on rediscovered sources and a firsthand knowledge of the Incan terrain, Hemming vividly describes postconquest Peru and the integration of the Incas into the Spanish society, refuting many misconceptions about the decline of the Incan empire. This monumental work of history removes the Incas from the realm of legend and shows the reality of their struggles against the Spanish invasion. Winner of the 1971 Christopher Award. Index; photographs, maps, and line drawings."

 

"The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland" by Hugh Thomson

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"More than twenty years ago, acclaimed documentary filmmaker, journalist, and explorer Hugh Thomson first set off into the Peruvian cloud forest, to find a ruin called Llactapata which, although it had been discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1912, had been "lost" again. Accompanied by two buddies from home and several native guides, Thomson "finds" Llactapata and, as with many famous explorers before him, is struck by the heady drug of discovery-which doesn't end at finding a ruin; what matters is understanding what the ruins mean. The author chooses Chuquipalta-"The White Rock" of the title, deep in the Vilcabamba-as being emblematic of the hidden and lost Inca world which is rarely visited and which he has explored."

 

"Valverde's Gold: In Search of the Last Great Inca Treasure" by Mark Honigsbaum

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"In 1887, two British sailors landed on the coast of Ecuador and set off across the Andes on a secret mission. Their task was to locate an immense hoard of Inca gold which had been lost for hundreds of years. A botanist who had recently returned from Ecuador had provided them with documents proving it still existed and gave them the route to find it. And find it they did - but both perished before they could make their way back to the cave a second time. In Valverde's Gold, Mark Honigsbaum attempts to unravel a riddle that has inspired frustrating and fatal treasure hunts for centuries. When he delves into the botanist's life and discovers an ancient Spanish treasure guide buried in his notebook, he cannot help but be drawn into the mystery. Undeterred by the cursed history of the gold, Honigsbaum embarks on an epic journey into the last uncharted range in the Andes-the Llanganati Mountains of eastern Ecuador."

 

"The Secret of the Incas: Myth, Astronomy, and the War Against Time" by William Sullivan

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"At its peak, the Inca empire was the largest on Earth. Yet in the year 1532, it was conquered by fewer than 200 Spanish adventurers. How could this happen? Approaching the answer clue by clue, William Sullivan decodes the myths of the Incas to reveal that they embody an astoundingly precise record of astronomical events. In the 15th century, the Inca priest-astronomers read the sky and saw signs of an apocalypse. So the Incas took a desperate gamble: If events in the heavens could influence those on Earth, perhaps the reverse was true. In The Secret of the Incas, Sullivan shows that the Inca rituals of warfare and human sacrifice were nothing less than an attempt to stop time, to forestall the cataclysm that would sweep away their world. This is a work of rare erudition and imagination that will reshape our understanding of the past."

 

"Lost City of the Incas" by Hiram Bingham

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"In 1911 Hiram Bingham, a pre-historian with a love of exotic destinations, left for Peru in search of the legendary city of Vilcabamba, capital city of the last Inca ruler, Manco Inca. With a combination of doggedness and good fortune he stumbled on the perfectly preserved ruins of Machu Picchu perched on a ledge 2000 ft above the torrent of the Urumbamba River. The buildings of white granite, exquisitely carved blocks each higher than a man. Bingham did not, as it turned out, find Vilcabamba but he had nevertheless made an astonishing discovery. A special illustrated edition of Hiram Bingham's classic work captures all the magnificence and mystery of the amazing archeological sites he uncovered. In the space of one short season he went on to discover two more lost cities, including Vitcos, where the last Incan Emperor was assassinated."

 

"Inca Land: Explorations in the Highlands of Peru" by Hiram Bingham

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"A firsthand account of the discovery of the lost city of Machu Picchu details Bingham's expedition through the treacherous Peruvian highlands in pursuit of the great Inca landmark and the once powerful civilization that build it. Bingham’s astonishing tale includes observations of ancient traditions and architecture as seen through the eyes of a young man fascinated by the archaeology, landscape, and history of Peru—a land and a people now lost in time. The incredible story of an amazing adventure, Inca Land is a thrilling chronicle of a legendary explorer’s crowning discovery."

 

"The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru" by Michael E. Moseley

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"In 1532, when Pizarro conquered Peru, the Inca realm was one of the largest empires on earth, graced by gold masterpieces, towns with great palaces and temples, and an impressive network of roads. But this glittering culture only obscured the rich and diverse civilizations that had preceded it: Chavin, Moche, Nazca, Tiwanaku, Huari, and Chimú. Described as a "masterly study" and an "outstanding volume" on its first publication, The Incas and Their Ancestors quickly established itself as the best general introduction to the cultures and civilizations of ancient Peru. Now this classic text has been fully updated for the revised edition. New discoveries over the last decade are integrated throughout."

 

"Narrative of the Incas" by Juan de Betanzos, Dana Buchanan (Editor) & Roland Hamilton (Translator)

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"One of the earliest chronicles of the Inca empire was written in the 1550s by Juan de Betanzos. Although scholars have long known of this work, only eighteen chapters were actually available until the 1980s when the remaining sixty-four chapters were discovered in the collection of the Fundación Bartolomé March in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Narrative of the Incas presents the first complete English translation of the original manuscript of this key document. Although written by a Spaniard, it presents an authentic Inca worldview, drawn from the personal experiences and oral traditions told to Betanzos by his Inca wife, Doña Angelina, and other members of her aristocratic family who lived during the reigns of the last Inca rulers, Huayna Capac Huascar and Atahualpa."

"Quest: Lost World of the Incas"

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"The Jarvis Collection
The Incas Remembered"

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"The Incas"

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"Geographical Odysseys:
Peru - Land of
the Incas"

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"Secrets of Lost Empires - Inca"

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"Searching for Lost Worlds: Machu Picchu: Secrets of the Incan Empire"

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