Cahuachi in the Ancient Nasca World

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Author: Silverman, Helaine

Year: 1993

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

Place: Iowa City


xvi+371 pages with charts, tables, figures, plates, maps, bibliography and index. Quarto (11 1/4" x 8 3/4") bound in original publisher's black cloth with silver lettering to spine in original jacket. First edition.

Silverman shows that Cahuachi was much larger and more complex than portrayed in the current literature but that, surprisingly, it was not a densely populated city. Rather, Cahuachi was a grand ceremonial center whose population, size, density and composition changed to accommodate a ritual and political calendar. Silverman meticulously presents and interprets an abundance of current data on the physical complexities, burials and artifacts of this prominent site; in addition, she synthesizes the history of previous fieldwork at Cahuachi and introduces a correct map and a new chronological chart for the Rio Grande de Nazca drainage system. On the basis of empirical field data, ethnographic analogy and settlement pattern analysis, Silverman constructs an Andean models of Nasca culture that is crucial to understanding the development of complex society in the Central Andes.


A fine copy in like jacket.

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