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Chavín : art, architecture, and culture

edited by William J Conklin and Jeffrey Quilter

(Monograph / Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at University of California, 61)

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-323) and index

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This book provides new information on the Chavin phenomenon of ancient Peru. Thought by some to be the "Mother Culture" of ancient Peruvian cultures, Chavin is remarkable for its baroque, sophisticated art style in a variety of media, including finely carved stone monuments, beautifully formed pottery, and magnificent and complex metallurgy. Also, the textiles from Chavin are incredibly innovative, both iconographically and structurally. They, in fact, form the foundation for the later Andean textile evolution. Chapters in this book cover new interpretations of the history of the site of Chavin de Huantar, studies of related cultures, the role of shamanism, and many other topics of interest to specialists and the general reader, alike.

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