© 2002

Andean Archaeology II

Art, Landscape, and Society

  • Helaine Silverman
  • William H. Isbell
  • Focuses on the art and landscape remains of the Andean region

  • These material remains reveal the range and richness of the societies of this area


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Helaine Silverman, William H. Isbell
      Pages 3-20
  3. Andean Art and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Helaine Silverman, William H. Isbell
      Pages 23-34
    3. Margaret A. Jackson
      Pages 107-135
    4. Terence Grieder, James D. Farmer, Carrillo B. Antonio, Bradford M. Jones
      Pages 157-177
  4. Landscapes of Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Helaine Silverman, William H. Isbell
      Pages 181-188
    3. Jean-Pierre Protzen, Stella Nair
      Pages 189-223
    4. William H. Isbell, Anita G. Cook
      Pages 249-305
    5. David W. Johnson, Donald A. Proulx, Stephen B. Mabee
      Pages 307-332
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Helaine Silverman, William H. Isbell
      Pages 357-364
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 365-376

About this book


The origins and development of civilization are vital components to the understanding of the cultural processes that create human societies. Comparing and contrasting the evolutionary sequences from different civilizations is one approach to discovering their unique development. One area for comparison is in the Central Andes where several societies remained in isolation without a written language. As a direct result, the only resource to understand these societies is their material artifacts.
In this second volume, the focus is on the art and landscape remains and what they uncover about societies of the Central Andes region. The ancient art and landscape, revealing the range and richness of the societies of the area significantly shaped the development of Andean archaeology. This work includes discussions on:

- pottery and textiles;
- iconography and symbols;
- ideology;
- geoglyphs and rock art.

This volume will be of interest to Andean archaeologists, cultural and historical anthropologists, material archaeologists and Latin American historians.


archaeology artifacts development of civilization landscape mayans

Editors and affiliations

  • Helaine Silverman
    • 1
  • William H. Isbell
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana-ChampaignUSA
  2. 2.State University of New York at BinghamtonBinghamtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Andean Archaeology II
  • Book Subtitle Art, Landscape, and Society
  • Editors Helaine Silverman
    William H. Isbell
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-47250-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-5150-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-0597-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 376
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the Reviews:
"...these volumes stand as an excellent overview of current Andean archaeological research, outside the confines of a particular school or perspective. This is, to my knowledge, the first English-language edited overview of Andean archaeology to be produced in at least 10 years. Both volumes should be on the shelves of all Andean prehistorians and university libraries, and could also provide an introduction to current Andean research for archaeologists working in other places. For those who teach an undergraduate course on the prehistory of the Andes either or both books would provide an excellent, and conveniently packaged, selection of in-depth materials that could accompany a more general text. Those with a general interest in the prehistory of the Andes will find much detail in Silverman and Isbell's volumes. The authors are to be congratulated on such a wide-ranging collection, and here is hoping that their wish to add further volumes to the series is realized in the near future."
(Ross W. Jamieson, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies)