264 pages, 6 x 9
44 b/w illus., 20 tables, references, notes, index
Release Date:02 Aug 2022

Unveiling Pachacamac

New Hypotheses for an Old Andean Sanctuary

University Press of Florida

New data from the past 25 years of research at animportant pre-Hispanic site


Thesacred Andean site of Pachacamac, inhabited for over a thousand years beforethe Spanish conquest, has an enduring presence in Peruvian history and plays apivotal role in the formation of current views about religion and thought inthe pre-Hispanic period. UnveilingPachacamac is the first volume to synthesize the past quarter century’sabundance of new data and hypotheses on this important sanctuary.

Gathering contributions from an internationalarray of leading researchers working at the site, this volume examines deeptheoretical questions about social change, interregional interactions, thenature of religion, and issues of cultural continuity. It is also the firstbook to look at the site in relation with its territory and hinterland. AsPachacamac is widely considered an archetypal Andean shrine, used byresearchers as a vital reference in comparative analyses of sanctuaries andreligions in pre-capitalist societies, this volume will have a long-lastingimpact on the field of archaeology. 
“Pachacamac is aniconic and well-known site with a long history of investigation. In thisinformative volume, researchers working at Pachacamac over the last few decadessummarize their work in the context of earlier studies. The book is a must foranyone interested in Andean prehistory or in the comparative study of religiouscenters and their role in complex, multi-polity societies.”—Daniel H.Sandweiss, coeditor of Maritime Communities of the Ancient Andes


“Scholarship onPachacamac is part of the bedrock of Andeanist archaeology and ethnohistory.This volume is essential reading not only for scholars engaged in thearchaeology of the central Peruvian coast, but anyone interested in betterunderstanding how our fields came about—and, perhaps, where we’regoing.”—Parker VanValkenburgh, author of Alluvium and Empire: TheArchaeology of Colonial Resettlement and Indigenous Persistence on Peru’s NorthCoast

Giancarlo Marcone ischair of the Department of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and directorof the Center for Impact and Social Responsibility at the Universidad deIngeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Peru. 

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