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Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology-1

Edited by Charles Stanish
Edited by Amanada Cohen
Edited by Mark Aldenderfer

Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology-I is the first in a series of edited volumes that reports on recent research in the south central Andes. Volume I contains 18 chapters that cover the entire range of human settlement in the region, from the Early Archaic to the early Colonial Period. This book contains both short research reports as well as longer synthetic essays on work conducted over the last decade. It will be a critical resource for scholars working in the central Andes and adjacent areas.


Charles Stanish has worked in the Titicaca region for over 25 years in both Bolivia and Peru. He holds the Lloyd Cotsen Chair in Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Amanda B. Cohen received her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mark S. Aldenderfer is dean and professor of social sciences, humanities, and arts at the University of California, Merced.


"The volume is novel for a number of reasons. First, in contrast to most English-language edited volumes on Latin American archaeology, the chapters are largely theory-free, at least in print; most proceed straight to the research problem, data and conclusions. There is also general recognition of the importance of diachronic change, whether to signal fundamental cultural transformations or to peg assumptions about socio-political organisation and evolution. Each chapter discusses how the data under scrutiny relate in time through material style. Finally, there is an astounding amount of newly reported, significant sites, especially from the Archaic (Chapters 2, 4), Tiwanaku (Chapters 7, 9) and post-Tiwanaku periods (Chapters 11-7). Each chapter in Advances contributes new and valuable documentation, on topics ranging from Archaic period lithics typology (Chapter 3) to variability in local Inka ceremonialism (Chapter 14)." - George Lau, Antiquity 81 (March 2007)


"In short, this is a welcome volume for Andean archaeologists and for those interested in cultural change, regional approaches, and high-altitude human adaptation. I look forward to Volume 2 of Advances, and kudos to the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and the University of California, Los Angeles, for producing such a readable and well-illustrated edition." – Lidio M. Valdez, Journal of Anthropological Research, 2006(62): 292-293.



Published By The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press

8.5 x 11 in. 368 pages 167 figures, 35 tables