Monuments of the Incas

Monuments of the Incas

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The stone monuments of the Incas, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Andes, are among the most magnificent structures in the world. Originally published in 1982, Monuments of the Incas is the most comprehensive photographic and narrative study of the major sites of the Inca empire, including the famed city of Machu Picchu, the Inca town and sun temple of Ollantaytambo, the mighty temple-fortress of Sacsahuaman, and the steeply terraced ruins of Pisac.This classic book, long out of print, has now been rewritten to incorporate results from the latest archaeological excavations, discoveries about Inca masonry techniques, and updated interpretations of form and function. There are new chapters about Choquequirau, Vitcos, Chinchero, and the ruins along the famous Inca Trail.Edward Ranney’s photographs convey the extraordinary accomplishments of the Inca masons—from sheer terrace walls and stairways to striking temple buildings and sculpted rock shrines—and the grandeur of their cities. John Hemming makes brilliant use of archaeological and documentary evidence to write a compelling account of each site and to offer insights and speculations on the enigmatic ruins.
A rich contribution to the understanding of Inca archaeology and architecture and an invaluable guide for visitors to Peru.

Book News
This book is a lovely and extraordinary collaborative work by an eminent UK-based scholar of the Incas, John Hemming--an expert who has travelled and researched extensively in South America, and photographer extraordinaire Ranney, who has made numerous trips to Peru since 1962. Deeply informed and informative narrative combines with 174 duotone photographs (and 31 site plans and maps) in an exceptional reference of interest to travelers interested in archaeology and architecture, and scholars. The work was first published in two separate volumes in 1982 (New York Graphic Society) and in 1990 (U. of New Mexico Press). Long out of print, the two are combined into one for this edition, which, according to the flap copy has been "rewritten" to incorporate new findings. Whether or not the changes are substantial, this is a reference for every collection on the subject. It is oversize, measuring 11x9.5". Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2010
Edition: Rev. and expanded ed
Description: 240 p. : ill., maps ; 25 x 28 cm
ISBN: 9780500051634
Branch Call Number: 985.01 Hem
Additional Contributors: Ranney, Edward.


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