Powerful Places in the Ancient Andes

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Justin Jennings, Edward R. Swenson
Archeologies of Landscape in the Americas Series
  • Albuquerque, NM: 
    University of New Mexico Press
    , November
     456 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Andean peoples recognize places as neither sacred nor profane, but rather in terms of the power they emanate and the identities they materialize and reproduce. This book argues that a careful consideration of Andean conceptions of powerful places is critical not only to understanding Andean political and religious history but to rethinking sociological theories on landscapes more generally. The contributors evaluate ethnographic and ethnohistoric analogies against the material record to illuminate the ways landscapes were experienced and politicized over the last three thousand years.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Justin Jennings is Senior Curator of New World Archaeology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. His recent publications include Globalizations and the Ancient World and Killing Civilization: A Reassessment of Early Urbanism and Its Consequences (UNM Press).

Edward R. Swenson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is a contributor to Andean Archaeology III: North and South and A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion.



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