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The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru

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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 ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Penguin Books
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Sharon
The author is clearly a historian and not an archaeologist; the sections relying entirely on archaeology instead of written chronicles are dry, disconnected, and confusing, with brief recurse to bizarre theories (does the idea that the Nazca lines were landing pads for aliens really deserve space? REALLY?) to enliven an otherwise plodding narrative. The later sections on the Inca are far more engaging, but I wasn't reading the book for those! Maybe not the place to look if you want to know more ...more
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