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The Incas (New Horizons)

Empire of Blood and Gold

Carmen Bernand, Paul Bahn

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The story of a magnificent civilization from its earliest origins to its bloody demise


When Francisco Pizarro landed in Peru in 1532 he found a vast empire seemingly overflowing with gold and silver. Ruled by monarchs claiming direct descent from the sun itself, its inhabitants built roads, bridges and terraced fields in the precipitous Andes, and made brilliant textiles and dazzling jewelry – all without possessing writing or the wheel. But within a few short months the Inca empire had been conquered and its subjects killed or enslaved.

With over 100 colour illustrations, The Incas tells the story of this magnificent civilization, from its earliest origins to its bloody demise.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 17.7 x 12.5 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Publication date: 18 April 1994

ISBN: 9780500300404

About the Author

An anthropologist and a historian, Carmen Bernand studied anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires, where she became interested in Andean populations.

Paul Bahn is co-author of Thames & Hudson’s bestselling Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice, and author of Images of the Ice Age, widely regarded as the standard introduction to cave art.

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