A prehistory of South America : ancient cultural diversity on the least known continent

by Jerry D. Moore

Paper Book, 2014



Call number

F2229 .M66 2014


Boulder : University Press of Colorado, 2014.


"A Prehistory of South America is an overview of the ancient and historic native cultures of the entire continent of South America based on the most recent archaeological investigations. For more than 12,000 years, South American cultures ranged from mobile hunters and gatherers to rulers and residents of colossal cities. In the process, native South American societies made advancements in agriculture and economic systems and created great works of art-in pottery, textiles, precious metals and stone-that still awe the modern eye. Organized in broad chronological periods, A Prehistory of South America explores these diverse human achievements, emphasizing the many adaptations of peoples from a continent-wide perspective. Moore examines the archaeologies of societies across South America, from the arid deserts of the Pacific coast and the frigid Andean highlands to the humid lowlands of the Amazon Basin and the fjords of Patagonia and beyond. Illustrated in full color, accessible to undergraduate and beginning graduate students, and suitable for an educated general reader interested in the Precolumbian peoples of South America, A Prehistory of South America is a long-overdue addition to the literature"--… (more)

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this is intended as a textbook for " early Graduate" students. The text is clear and is well illustrated. The maps are adequate but not to my taste. It is a clear statement of the 2014 state of the science on the continent. If you read one book this is it, and if you plan more research in this
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area, it's a good starting point.
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