Peru's Enigmatic Temple in the Andes
The first book ever to offer an exciting insight into Peru's enigmatic temple complex of Chavín de Huantar and giving a comprehensive introduction to Latin America's oldest known culture. – Out of print. Remainder copies available from the publisher.
1st edition, 2013
408 pages, 334 color and 46 b/w illustrations, 5 maps
23 x 30 cm
In cooperation with Museum Rietberg, Zürich
A series of recent excavations has revealed the monumental sacred structures of the Chavín culture, whose people populated the coastal regions of Peru one thousand years before the Inca and which is regarded today as the mother culture of the Andes. The most magnificent of these structures is the temple at Chavín de Huantar, which is built of ornately carved stone. In 1985 the complex at Chavín de Huantar was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, but archaeologists have continued to discover artifacts such as sculptures, religious vessels, jewelry, and textiles.
This book offers a comprehensive overview of the site, including maps, plans, and photographs. Essays examine the layout of the temple and the key concepts behind Chavín architecture. Also included is a full catalog of the 170 artifacts found at Chavín. Published to coincide with the first ever exhibition on the culture of Chavín de Huantar at the Museum Rietberg in Zurich, this volume provides an up-to-date account of the archaeological findings at this important but lesser-known site.
With essays by Walter Alva, Ignacio Alva Meneses, Henning Bischof, Tom D. Dillehay, Peter R. Fuchs and Renate Patzschke, Peter Fux, Peter Kaulicke, Luis Guillermo Lumbreras, Christian Mesía Montenegro, Yoshio Onuki, Markus Reindel and Johny Isla, and John W. Rick.