The Ancient Andean World

Examines development of Andean civilization which culminated in the extraordinary empire established by the Inka. Archaeological, ethnographic, and ethnohistorical approaches. Particular attention to the unusual topography of the Andean area, its influence upon local ecology, and the characteristic social, political, and technological responses of Andean people to life in a topographically “vertical” world. Characteristic cultural styles of prehistoric Andean life.


3.982: 9 units, spring semester



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