Palaces of the Ancient New World
Susan Toby Evans and Joanne Pillsbury, editors
Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia
Archaeology, Dumbarton Oaks Symposia Proceedings, Pre-Columbian Studies
ISBN: 978-0-88402-300-5, Hardcover, 2004, Out of print
ISBN: 978-0-88402-341-8, Paperback, 2009, Buy here
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Among the most sumptuous buildings of antiquity were royal palaces. As in the Old World, kings and nobles of ancient Mexico and Peru had luxurious administrative quarters in cities, and exquisite pleasure palaces in the countryside. This volume explores the great houses of the ancient New World, from palaces of the Aztecs and Incas, looted by the Spanish conquistadors, to those lost high in the Andes and deep in the jungle. This volume, the first scholarly compendium of elite residences of the high cultures of the New World, presents definitive descriptions and interpretations by leading scholars in the field. Authoritative yet accessible, this extensively illustrated book will serve as an important resource for anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians of art, architecture, and related disciplines.