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Warriors of the Clouds: A Lost Civilization in the Upper Amazon of Peru Paperback – July 1, 1998
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Historians and archaeologists, suggests Keith Muscutt, have done an excellent job of recording the achievements of great pre-Columbian civilizations such as that of the Inca, which at its height covered an area the size of its Roman counterpart. They have done less well in understanding the histories of the empires that came before, the local strongholds and fiefdoms swallowed up by the mighty civilizations that the Europeans encountered. Muscutt takes us into the heart of one such ancient civilization, the Chachapoya, nestled in the high Andes of far eastern Peru. The area is remote and nearly inaccessible (one conquistador wrote that "the natural difficulty of the countryside is so rugged that on some roads the Indians slide down great ropes a distance of eight or ten times the height of a man, for there is no other way of advancing") for which reason scholars have been late in coming to it. Muscutt's heavily illustrated, inviting text helps place the Chachapoya empire in the larger context of Andean prehistory. --Gregory McNamee
Richly illustrated with colored plates, this work is highly recommended. (Colonial Latin American Historical Review)
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I'd like to see a complete book just on their burial practices which were highly unusual and led to the discovery of this civilization simply because looters didn't figure out where they were until recently. Unfortunately now their cliff-burial tombs have been discovered, the looters are raiding and destroying the tombs at an alarming rate. It is a race between the looters and the archeologists as to whom is going to get to the bodies first. Right now the looters are winning and we may never know much more about this advanced race than we do now.
This is nothing more than a account of a journey-worthless for people who wants to visit the places because informations about location like "between the river Maranon and the river xy" are not to be found in nature.
I would not recommend this book, only to see the pictures of some overgrown sites its too expensive.