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Ancient Tiwanaku Americas South America Bolivia John Wayne Janusek Cambridge University Press


1st June 2013 History Books 1 Comment

“…Janusek succeeds in synthesizing existing research on Tiwanaku in an impressively solid way…This book is a valuable contribution to Tiwanaku scholarship, setting a benchmark for the newer generation of students and scholars.” –Mathieu Viau-Courville, Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia, UK

In the first major synthesis on the subject in nearly fifteen years, John Wayne Janusek explores Tiwanaku civilization in its geographical and cultural setting. This fascinating book will appeal to upper-undergraduates, graduates and professionals interested in American anthropology and the history of Native American peoples.

Nearly a millennium before the Inca forged a pan-Andean empire in the South American Andes, Tiwanaku emerged as a major center of political, economic, and religious life on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca. Ancient Tiwanaku synthesizes a wealth of past and current research on this fascinating high-altitude civilization. In the first major synthesis on the subject in nearly fifteen years, John Wayne Janusek explores Tiwanaku civilization in its geographical and cultural setting, tracing its long rise to power, vast geopolitical influences, and violent collapse.

“…Janusek succeeds in synthesizing existing research on Tiwanaku in an impressively solid way…This book is a valuable contribution to Tiwanaku scholarship, setting a benchmark for the newer generation of students and scholars.” –Mathieu Viau-Courville, Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia, UK

Ancient Tiwanaku (Case Studies in Early Societies)

The Tiwanaku: Portrait of an Andean Civilization

“A useful textbook covering a range of relevant topics, amply and well illustrated.” British Bulletin of Publications

This book is an exploration of 3000 years of Tiwanakan history, from the first appearance of their settlement around the shores of Lake Titicaca to their contemporary descendants in the Andes. The author draws on archaeological evidence throughout the region, supplementing this with what can be drawn from later recorded myths and legends. He presents both a narration of Tiwanakan history and an account of the development of their culture, political economy, and insofar as possible, their daily lives. He also describes the development of Tiwanakan architecture and technology, particularly the sophisticated hydraulic engineering used in raised field agriculture.

Illustrated throughout with photographs, diagrams and maps, this book will be the fullest account to date of one of the greatest of the lost civilizations of South America.

The Tiwanaku: Portrait of an Andean Civilization (Peoples of America)










  • One response to "Ancient Tiwanaku Americas South America Bolivia John Wayne Janusek Cambridge University Press"

  • Ford Prefect
    0:05 on June 2nd, 2013
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    Given the raft of weirdos who over the years have chosen Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco) for their subject, it is a welcome addition to have a serious book by a real scientist who has actually excavated at the site for several years. Tiwanaku is a favorite focus for loonies ranging from the Von Daniken “extra terrestrials are responsible for all the great human achievements of the past” school to the New Age mystic Shirley Maclain’s Out on a Limb [Out of your mind!] school. While not explicitly addressing the wacko theories, Kolata’s book shows how, contrary to their implicit racism, the indigenous people of the Titicaca basin were more than ingenious enough to come up with ways to contruct major monuments, carve incredible fantastic stone sculptures, and make the high arid plain of the altiplano bloom with potatoes, tubers and quinoa. These people had indoor plumbing and public sewage systems 1500 years ago! The Tiwanaku is a bit simplistic and general for the Andean or archaeological specialist; it is more appropriate for the first year University student or educated layman. Nonetheless, it brings together the current general state of knowledge about this important civilization in a highly readable fashion.

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