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BEYOND DEATH: The Chinchorro Mummies of Ancient Chile
by Bernardo T. Arriaza. Foreword by John W. Verano. B&W photos, drawings, maps. Condition: NEW 1999 Smithsonian Institution Press hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Content: Thousands of years before ancient Egyptians mummified their dead elite, the South American Chinchorros performed elaborate mummification rituals for deceased members of every level and age of their society. They are exceptional for the sheer number of known mummies (nearly 200) and the variety and complexity of their mummification techniques. Although first discovered in 1917, the mummies are little known throughout the world and most literture about them is in Spanish. This book brings to light these unprecedented remains, offers new interprettions of the mortuary practices, and reconstructs the culture's daily life of 8,000 years ago. [An exceptional book, IMHO.] [1 copy available]
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Beyond Death, Chinchorro Mummies

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE ANCIENT AMERICAS: Exploe the Wonders of the Aztec, Maya, Inca, North American Indians & Arctic Peoples
by Jen Green, Fiona MacDonald, Philip Steele, Michael Stotter. Beautiful, historically accurate, color illustrations. Detailed "how-to" color photos. Condition: NEW 2001 Southwater huge, over-size soft cvoer, first printing. Shipping weight 3.5 pounds. Content: Reviewer: "There are 4 large sections: Aztec & Maya, Incas, North American Indians, and Arctic Peoples. Each section is set up rather like a DK book, with several color photos (and a few drawings) and text around them. There is lots of information about how each group of people lived, what they believed, some of their history, etc. There are several craft activities for each section, as well. The weakest section is the North American section, since the information for all groups is together. While readers are informed of the different types of homes, clothing, and general lifestyle between the various cultures, there is little information on any specific culture. Readers wanting information on a particular group (Cherokee, Navajo, etc.) will need an additional source. Overall, this is a very good beginning place for learning about ancient American cultures & peoples, especially for children from 5-12 years old (With 5 year olds looking at the pictures and being told a little, and perhaps doing a few crafts with help, and older children reading the text for themselves and doing the crafts alone). After reading the appropriate section of this book, readers will be ready to learn more about whatever specific group they are interested in." This is an excellent book. Over 800 photos & illustrations, including inside-view artworks of homes of the past; exciting historical models to make at home or school; and pictorial maps and timelines. For junior high and up, but all ages will appreciate, IMHO. [1 copy available]
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Encyclopedia of the Ancient Americas

THE GOLD OF THE GODS
by Erich Von Daniken. Translated by Michael Heron. Illustrated with drawings, maps, and photographs. Condition: Pre-read 1974 Bantam paperback edition, first printing. Spine crease with tanning to interior. Content: Von Daniken explores the vast mysterious underworld of Ecuador - caves filled with gold and and writings in solid gold that go back in time to the Great Flood to bolster his theory of a prehistoric earthly "era of the gods." Why this is considered as "archaeology" escapes me, but . . . . it is interesting. [1 copy available]
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Gold of the Gods

THE HUAROCHIRI MANUSCRIPT: A Testament of Ancient & Colonial Andean Religion
by Frank Salomon and George L. Urioste. Condition: UNREAD 1991 University of Texas Press large hardcover [11.8 x 9 x 1 (273 pages)] & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Light tanning to DJ edges. Content: Annotations & Introductory Essay by Frank Salomon. Transcription by George Urioste. "This book takes the reader back to the beginning of the 17th century and tells the customs and believes of the Yunca people. The unknown editor of the HuarochirÝ Quechua manuscript was an Andean person, well-versed in scribal writing, and recruited by Father Francisco de Avila to document non-Christian practices. Avila's biographer Antonio Acosta thinks Avila wanted this data in order to blackmail discontented parishioners, who had mounted a lawsuit against him in 1607. The Quechua writer was apparently a convinced Catholic in the mold of the Third Council of Lima, and an enemy of the ancient gods. But he also seems interested in demonstrating that the ancient cults had a coherence comparable, albeit adversely and dangerously, with that of Christianity." This was my personal book and I just never got around to reading it. No library sales on this book - I don't want to see it marked up. Questions welcome [1 copy available]
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The Huarochiri Manuscript

LINES TO THE MOUNTAIN GODS: Nazca and the Mysteries of Peru
by Evan Hadingham. Wonderful B&W photos (many by the Author) throughout. Condition: Gently pre-read and highlighted to page 18 and abandoned. Clean front page 19 on. 1989 Univ. of Oklahoma Press large soft cover, second printing. Questions encouraged. Content: "Why did the pre-Incan Nazca Indians carve long mysterious grooves in the Peruvian desert, lines that form enormous outlines of animals, spirals, zigzags and parallels? The fact that many patterns are clearly distinguishable only when viewed from the air led von Daniken to claim that the Nazca lines were a landing strip for UFOs. Hadingham, archaeologist and author of "Early Man and the Cosmos", refutes von Daniken's theory. He also disputes German investigator Maria Reiche, who has spent four decades living near the lines; her belief that the desert markings are a calendar of seasons and star movements accounts for only a small proportion of the lines, according to Hadingham. He argues that some of the patterns wee aids to shamanistic practice, others wee fertility symbols, still others were markers linking holy spots. His thoroughly documented, beautifully written and richly illustrated account is must reading for anyone intrigued by this enigma." - Publishers Weekly. It's a wonderful book! [1 copy available.]
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LInes to the Mountain Gods, Nazca Lines

LORDS OF SIPAN: A True Story of Pre-Inca Tombs, Archaeology, and Crime
by Sidney Kirkpatrick. B&W Moche drawings and a color photo section. Condition: NEW 1993 Owl Henry Holt Trade PB, first thus, first printing. Tiny edgewear. Content: In January 1987 a group of tomb robbers at Huaca Rajada on Peru's north coast had their dreams come true. They stumbled on a pre-Inca tomb of unsurpassed wealth (read: gold) at a site everybody else had written off as already having been plundered. Unfortunatley, for them, greed was their undoing. This is the story of Dr. Walter Alva's fight to save the" King Tut of the America's" tomb. Although the book was written by a screenwriter with a tone of fiction, it is a true story of archaeology in South America. [2 copies available]
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Lords of Sipan

LORDS OF SIPAN: A True Story of Pre-Inca Tombs, Archaeology, and Crime
by Sidney Kirkpatrick. B&W Moche drawings and a color photo section. Condition: NEW 1992 William Morrow hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: In January 1987 a group of tomb robbers at Huaca Rajada on Peru's north coast had their dreams come true. They stumbled on a pre-Inca tomb of unsurpassed wealth (read: gold) at a site everybody else had written off as already having been plundered. Unfortunatley, for them, greed was their undoing. This is the story of Dr. Walter Alva's fight to save the" King Tut of the America's" tomb. Although the book was written by a screenwriter with a tone of fiction, it is a true story of archaeology in South America. [1 copy available]
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Lords of Sipan

THE LOST HISTORY OF THE INCAS
by Dr. David M. Jones. Over 500 color photos, maps, artworkds and fine art images. Beautiful!!! Condition: NEW 2007 Hermes House (London) over -sized soft cover, first impression. Content: This is an authoritative account of the awe-inspiring story of the Inca Empire and peoples of the sun - a guide to the lost world of the natives of the Andes: from the acient civilizations of Paracas, Chavin, Nazca and Moche to the Tiwanaku, WAri, and Chimu. A fascinating study of power, politics, war and the empire building that shaped one of the biggest and most sophisticated civilizations in history. Explores myth and religion: how ancient cultures paid homage to rainforest gods - jaguars, serpents, monkeys and birds - and to creator gods, including the Staff Deity and Inti the Sun God. One of those must-have books on the ancient Americas. [2 copies available]
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Lost History of the Incas, Dr. David Jones

MARKHAM IN PERU: The Travels of Clements R. Markham, 1852 - 1853
by Charles R. Markham. Edited by Peter Blanchard. B&W maps and illustrations from Markham's journal. Condition: NEW 1991 University of Texas Press Trade Paperback, first edition, first printing. Tiny edge wear. Content: Clements Markham had his own ideas about what his life's work should be. In 1852, Marhkam left his father's choice, the British Navy, and set out for Peru to study the ruins of the Inca empire. His ten-month sojourn in Peru produced this journal, one of the few surviving accounts of Peru at mid-nineteenth century, and launched Markham on a career that led ultimately to the presidency of the Royal Geographical Society. His journal captures Peru in transition from the colonial past to the modern ear. He was one of the first English travelers to visit Cuzco and he also witnessed the waning of slavery on the great cotton and sugar plantations as modern machinery and Chinese coolie labor were introduced. He visited with all classes of society, from the Indian peasants, who still lived much as their Inca ancestors had done, to the Spanish-descended elites, whose Europeanized lifestyle was underwritten by fortunes made in the guano industry. Fascinating! Questions welcome. [2 copies available]
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Markham in Peru, Incas

THE MOCHE OF PERU
by Faces Magazine. B&W photos and drawings. Condition: UNREAD 1993 Faces soft cover (stapled wraps), no printing given. Content: This is an excellent overview of the Moche civilization - most likely aimed at young adults. Contents: Who Were the Moche? (Kay Sanger); Fit for a Lord: Moche Textiles and Clothing (Vuka Roussakis; Wonderful World of Animals [Moche pottery] (Donna McClelland; Plain and Fancy: Moche Burials (Christopher Donnan); Splendor After Life: Dressing the Dead (Walter Alva, the Great); Peruvian Potato Feast (Betsy Quick); Solve the Secrets of the Moche (Lyn Avis). While some of this material is dated, thre's a lot of information in this small booklet. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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The Moche of Peru, Faces Magazine

THE MYTHOLOGY OF SOUTH AMERICA
by John Bierhorst. B&W drawings & photos illustrate. Condition: NEW 2002 Oxford University Press Trade Paperback, updated edition, first printing. Content: More than any other continent, South America "has preserved the conditions that allow mythology to be freely produced." Dividing the continent into seven carefully mapped regions, John Bierhorst shows how South America's principal myths can be traced from tribe to tribe and how each region has developed its own unique oral tradition. Generous samples from the stories themselves introduce the female creators of the northern Andes, the male gods of the ancient Incas, and the Brazilian tricksters Sun and Moon. Originally published in 1988, Bierhorst has updated the text to reflect the abundance of new information that has become available since the mid 80s and written a new Afterward in which he emphasizes the durability of Indian mythology. Illustrations of native artwork and chapters devoted to special topics--including the connections between myths and politics--help to provide a well-rounded overview of this fascinating and little-known lore. Detailed maps show tribal locations and the distribution of key stories and samples of differing narrative styles add enrichment, as some of the world's purest and most powerful myths are made more accessible--and more meaningful--than ever before. [1 copy left]
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Mythology of South America

PRECOLUMBIAN TERRACOTTAS
by Franco Monti. Translated from the Italian by Margaret Crossland. Beautiful color photos of artifacts. Condition: Very good, gently pre-read 1969 Paul Hamlyn (London) small hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), new edition. No problems: just pre-read. Content: It is one of the mysteries of Precolumbian art that the earliest objects are as technically advanced as the later ones, a fact which can clearly be seen in the color illustrations. Franco Monti's erudite and fascinating text brings once more to life the civilisation destroyed by European conquerors. [1 copy available]
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PreColumbian Terracottas, Monti

TIME DETECTIVES: How Scientists Use Modern Technology to Unravel The Secrets of The Past
by Brian Fagan. Illustrated with B&W drawings, maps, and photographs. Condition: NEW 1996 Touchstone Trade Paperback, third printing. Tiny edgewear. Content: This exhilarating mix of high adventure and serious scholarship explores how modern archeologists are using techniques like computer imaging, infrared photography and pollen analysis to reconstruct ancient cultures. Fagan, an archaeologist, describes Tiwanaku, a vanished city on Lake Titicaca's Bolivian shore (A.D. 5th-11th centuries), where Andean farmers used crop cultivation methods that are now being copied by modern villagers to increase yields. He visits enigmatic Flag Fen in eastern England, where an enormous Bronze Age timber platform rose amid uninhabited wetlands, the site of sacrificial offerings. He combs Wadi Kubbaniya, an obscure Egyptian valley, home to hunter-gatherers 10,000 years before the pharaohs-possible ancestors of ancient Egyptian civilization. He explains how excavations of the mansions and gardens of 18th-century colonial Annapolis, Md., are revealing class divisions between a white elite and African Americans who comprised as much as one-third of the population. Fagan also explores multistory New Mexican pueblos of the Anasazi, a Sumerian temple complex, Blackfoot bison hunt sites on Canadian cliffs and remnants of the Natufian culture-some of the world's earliest farmers - discovered in the 1930s in what is now Israel. [Whether you agree or disagree with Fagan, he always makes you think.] [1 copy available]
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Time Detectives, Brian Fagan



ANDEAN GOD BOOKPLATES
art from a photo. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 4.0" H x 3.0" W. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Libra BT) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us. Content: This bookplate is also a design from much of Inca and pre-Inca stonework. This is also from the Gate of the Sun.
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Andean God

NAZCA LINES BOOKPLATES (Spider)
art by Sdmix. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get at anywhere else. 4.0" H x 3.0" W. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Blue Highway Linocut) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us. Content: This is a faithful reproduction of the giant spider drawing (geoglyph) from the Nazca Lines on the Nazca Plain in southern Peru.
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Nazca Lines Bookplates



Gold Inca Llama