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Ancient Titicaca: The Evolution of Complex Society in Southern Peru and Northern Bolivia

Charles Stanish


One of the richest and most complex civilizations in ancient America evolved around Lake Titicaca in southern Peru and northern Bolivia. This book is a comprehensive synthesis of four thousand years of prehistory for the entire Titicaca region. It is a story of the transition from hunting and gathering to early agriculture, to the formation of the Tiwanaku and Pucara civilizations, and to the double conquest of the region, first by the powerful neighboring Inca in the fifteenth century and a century later by the Spanish Crown. Based on more than fifteen years of field research in Peru and Boli ... More

Keywords: ancient America, Lake Titicaca, southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Tiwanaku, Pucara, Inca, Spanish Crown, evolutionary anthropology, Titicaca Basin prehistory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520232457
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520232457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Stanish, author