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by Nigel Davies


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This is a general history of the cultures and civilizations of pre-Hispanic Peru from pre-history to the Conquest.

This is a general history of the cultures and civilizations of pre-Hispanic Peru from pre-history to the Conquest. Although archaeological excavation, together with analytical study of colonial chroniclers, began in the early part of the twentieth century, the scope of investigation has been greatly intensified over the last two decades, with spectacular results.

The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru, 1997.

Claude Nigel Byam Davies (2 September 1920 – 25 September 2004), known as Nigel Davies, was a British anthropologist and historian who specialised in the study of the cultures of pre-Columbian America, publishing 12 academic works on the Aztec, Inca and Toltec societies. In addition to his academic work, Davies also served with the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, briefly sat as an MP for Epping and as the managing director of Windowlite Ltd. Life. The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru, 1997. a b Nigel (Byam) Davies Archived 27 September 2003 at the Wayback Machine, Minnesota State University, Retrieved 8 November 2008.

NIGEL DAVIES studied at the National University of Mexico and took his doctorate in archaeology at London University

NIGEL DAVIES studied at the National University of Mexico and took his doctorate in archaeology at London University. He is the author of a number of studies on Latin American culture, including The Ancient Kingdoms of Mexico, which is also published by Penguin. I would definitely use this seller again. A very good way to find books that are out of print at amazing prices. I had already read some of the book so knew that it was well written to a good level of detail.

A very helpful book on pre-Conquistador and also Pre-Inca Peru. Many fascinating and cuturally deep nations made up Peru over the centuries. The Moche, the Nasca and others with advanced building, art work and more.

I bought this book in preparation for a trip I was taking to Peru. I wanted to understand a bit about where I was traveling. Davies' style is reasonably conversational, considering the academic nature of the subject. Thus I was pleased to be able to read the book without wishing I was doing something else.

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This essential book draws on the evidence of recent excavations of Peruvian sites in a remarkable survey of. .

This essential book draws on the evidence of recent excavations of Peruvian sites in a remarkable survey of the civilizations which preceded the Incas. Category: Ancient World History Latin American World History. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Also in Latin American World History.

This essential book draws on the evidence of recent excavations of Peruvian sites in a remarkable survey of the civilizations which preceded the Incas. 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 representing a condor, a killer whale and even an 80-meter monkey, visible only from the air, are etched into a bare expanse of desert at Nazca. Davies analyzes and assesses the latest scholarly theories surrounding one of the world's great enigmas. He then turns to the key power centers of the 'middle period' in Huari and Tiahuanaco, the great coastal civilization of Chimor (the first for which we have written accounts), and its eventual defeat by the Incas around 1470 AD. Alongside the often biased conquistador chronicles, archaeology can now illuminate the Inca imperial cult, their methods of agriculture, road-building, town-planning and settlement. In this lively and compelling overview, Davies makes accessible the latest research on all these ancient kingdoms of Peru.

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A very helpful book on pre-Conquistador and also Pre-Inca Peru. Most people only associate the Incas with Peru, but the Incas ruled for less than 100 years and they were brutal to their defeated brethren (removing the bones of one chief in order to make a drum). Many fascinating and cuturally deep nations made up Peru over the centuries. The Moche, the Nasca and others with advanced building, art work and more. The Incas were not very good at art, but were smart on governance, once tribes were defeated (those that surrendered quickly were kept to assist in the governance).

The Incas were in the midst of a civil war when the Spanish came, which made it very easy (relatively) to conquer. The conquest was brutal, but less than the Incas over the other tribes. We tend to forget that.

The conquest turned inward and the Spaniards fought themselves over and over so that almost all the leaders were killed by other Spaniards.

A good book that assisted me with learning more. I would recommend this as a first or second read to learn more about early Peru. It probably might not help someone that knows a great deal already about the history of Peru, but it did help me.
Mataxe
Prior to a trip to Peru I also purchased this book to learn more about the varied ancient cultures that are in evidence at Nazca, Machu Picchu, Sipan and other sites throughout Peru.

The author discusses most of the early cultures of Peru but tends to dwell on the pottery designs with additional forays into the architecture and art but not much else. I tended to think that his expertise may have been in these areas but would have appreciated a wider perspective. Perhaps that is not possible from what is available in the archeological record. I found my interest lagging a bit as I forged through all the changes in pottery from one culture to the next.

Occasionally there were more absorbing sections of the book when the author was able to supplement the pottery record with tales of grave robbers and for example the fascinating discovery of the Lord of Sipan tomb. The book became a far better read as he discussed the era of the Incas, and this section was quite engaging, it almost seemed to be written by another author.

I would have found the inclusion of more maps of the sites discussed in the book to be of great help in understanding the cultures, more pictures and illustrations also could benefit a future edition.
Keramar
This book was needed for college. It was not in the bookstores. Amazon had a good price.
Bulace
I bought this book in preparation for a trip I was taking to Peru. I wanted to understand a bit about where I was traveling. Davies' style is reasonably conversational, considering the academic nature of the subject. Thus I was pleased to be able to read the book without wishing I was doing something else.
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Fast Lovebird
Davies' book on the ancient 'kingdoms' of Peru covers several key pre-Spanish cultures and civilizations in the Andean highlands -- among them Chavin, Moche, Nazca, Tiahuanaco, Huari, Chimu, and Inca -- and highlights several important archaeological sites, citing both contemporary Spanish sources and more recent discoveries. He presents a decent overview of these peoples' buildings, monuments, mythologies, and artwork in readable prose. I particularly enjoyed his discussion of the Incans, which I thought was pithy but comprehensive.

However, I found the discussion of all but the Incans lacking in quite a few areas: agriculture (how did these people feed themselves, how advanced were their hunting/fishing techniques, domestication technologies, irrigation), mastery of materials (which cultures harnessed copper, which bronze, etc.), to name a few. Pre-Chavin cultures such as Norte Chico were omitted entirely. Moreover, he mentions a few facts which seem oddly incongruous with accepted anthropology, and are at best misleading. For instance:

(1) He describes the Incan capital of Cuzco as 'often conceived as a mountain lion', with one part of the city supposedly named for 'the lion's tail' in Quechua. Conceived by whom? I didn't know Panthera leo was indigenous to the Andes? Could the 'lion' have referred to another feline species?

(2) In his discussion of Incan commoners, he mentions their basic food as chuno, which was 'mixed with water, salt and pepper'. The modern notion of salt-and-pepper contains various species of Piper which grew exclusively in South India. It is more likely he meant Schinus molle, or Peruvian pepper, which was prepared differently.

(3) In his discussion of Incan bridges, he describes the 'sides of one bridge' as 'so carefully crafted that even if a horse fell on all fours, it could not tumble off'. This is misleading as there are no horse species indigenous to the Americas.
Weiehan
A first-rate book for those traveling to Peru for the first time. Very factual and easy to read. A bit colorless, but it's a book full of information presented in a straight forward way.
This book delves into the many early cultures of Peru with some appreciation for those civilizations' contributions to the world. I didn't find the photos very helpful, and would have appreciated more maps.
The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru download epub
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Author: Nigel Davies
ISBN: 0140233814
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 1998)
Pages: 240 pages