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This edited volume contains the proceedings of a major 1997 conference on the Inka--a Festschrift for four of the world's major Inka experts, two of whom have died in the interim. The editors themselves have also published on key Inka themes. Much of recent fieldwork and research has focused on the way in which the Inka state modified existing power relationships, and the way in which these affected the lifeways of coeval Andean societies. The 14 chapters deal with two major themes: studies of the origins and expansion of the empire, and research on associated architecture and artifact assemblages to reconstruct activity patterns to illuminate patterns of Inka culture and society. The volume will be particularly useful for all students of the Inka, whether Andean archaeologists and anthropologists or scholars in comparative society and history. The volume has a good index, and arguments are supported by 204 maps, photos, and figures. Endnotes and references are chapter by chapter, so they vary with each chapter's author. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. D. L. Browman Washington University
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