"Karen Bruhns has written a stimulating and wide-ranging account of the origins and nature of ancient South American civilisation....an excellent introductory text to South America, and students, scholars and layreaders alike should all be grateful." New Scientist
"The book she wrote is a triumph. It is so well crafted and informative that it should be owned by anyone and everyone interested in the native cultures of South America....Bruhns is an excellent writer with the power of someone fully engaged in her work, combining love, knowledge of, and commitment to her subject....an eminently informative and enjoyable book." American Anthropologist
"A solid introductory book for generalists and for archaeologists trying to keep up with developments outside their areas of specialization." Choice
Encompassing ten millennia of development from the first hunters to the magnificent empire of the Incas, this survey covers the immense variety of ancient South American cultures--highlighting the unique arts and industries and important contributions of these little known peoples.