Books : reviews

Richard L. Burger.
Chavin and the Origins of Andean Civilisation: enlarged edn.
Thames and Hudson. 1995

Of the six independent centres of civilization in world prehistory, probably the least well known is that which developed in the central Andes. At Chavín de Huántar, high up in the mountains, South America’s oldest complex society arose during the first millennium BC.

This is the first detailed up-to-date account in English of Chavín and its precursors. Based on the author’s intimate knowledge of unprecedented discoveries made over the past two decades, including his own excavations at Chavín and elsewhere, it places special emphasis on the unique character of early Andean civilization and the distinctive processes responsible for its development. A wealth of photographs, drawings and maps accompany the text, including for this expanded edition a new section of colour plates.