Peru's Enigmatic Temple in the Andes

Edited by Peter Fux


Edited by Peter Fux

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

416 pages | 334 color plates, 46 halftones, 5 maps | 9 x 12 | © 2013
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9783858817310 Published October 2013 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
A series of recent excavations has revealed the monumental sacred structures of the Chavín culture, whose people populated the coastal regions of Peru on thousand years before the Inca and which is regarded today as the mother culture of the Andes. The most magnificent of these structures is the temple at Chavín de Huántar, which is built of ornately carved stone. In 1985 the complex at Chavín de Huántar was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, but archaeologists have continued to discover artifacts such as sculptures, religious vessels, jewelry, and textiles. This book offers a comprehensive overview of the site, including maps, plans, and photographs. Essays examine the layout of the temple and the key concepts behind Chavín architecture. Also included is a full catalogue of the 170 artifacts found at Chavín. Published to coincide with the first ever exhibition on the culture of Chavín de Huántar at the Museum Rietberg in Zürich, this volume offers an up-to-date account of the archaeological findings at this important but lesser known site.



      Daniel Vasella, Catharina Dohrn


      Albert Lutz

1: Introduction

      The Concept of the “Complex Society” in the Archaeology of the New World

            Peter Fux

      What is Chavín?

            Peter Fux

2: Archaeology of the Coastal Desert: Riverine Oases, Agriculture, and Ritual Cohesion


            Peter Fux

      The First Settlers and Societies

            Tom D. Dillehay

      Early Cultural Developments in the Southern Andes

            Markus Reindel and Johny Isla

      Formative Period Ceremonial Centers in the Northern and Central Coastal Regions

            Yoshio Onuki

      The Cultural History of the Lambayeque Region on the North Coast of Peru During the Formative Period

            Ignacio Alva Meneses

      Early Monumentalism in the Central Andes: The Origins of Monumental Architecture in the Casma Valley

            Peter R. Fuchs and Renate Patzschke

3: Archaeology in the Highlands—Innovation and Dynamism


            Peter Fux

      The First Post-Ice Age Settlement Communities in the Central Andean Highlands

            Peter Kaulicke

      The Diversity and Vitality of Early Ceremonial Centers in the Northern Highlands

           Yoshio Onuki

4: Chavín de Huántar—Discovery, Art, Architecture, Ritual, and Transformation


            Peter Fux

      The Discovery of the Temple and Early Attempts at Interpretation

            Christian Mesía Montenegro

      The Art of Chavín—Precursors and Early Development

            Henning Bischof

      Architecture and Ritual Space at Chavín de Huántar

            John W. Rick

      Religion and Authority at Chavín de Huántar

            John W. Rick

      Religious Rituals in Chavín and their Supraregional Significance

            Luis Guillermo Lumbreras

5: Inspiration from Afar—Periphery and Legacy of Formative Period Innovations


            Peter Fux

      The Ecuadorian Formative Period

            Christian Mesia Montenegro

      The Moche—Heirs of the Formative Period on the North Coast and the Rebirth of the Old Gods

            Walter Alva

      The Legacy of the Formative Period: Nasca

            Markus Reindel and Johny Isla



   Handcrafted Objects from the Early, Middle, and Late Formative Periods

   The Graves of Kuntur Wasi

   The Sculptures of Chavín de Huántar

   The Pututus (Conch-Shell Trumpets) of Chavín

   The Finds from the Ofrendas Gallery

   Paracas and Moche: Periphery and Legacy of Formative Period Innovations




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