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The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
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Book Description

This compelling collection of essays explores the Qhapaq nan (or Great Inca Road), an extensive network of trails reaching modern-day Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. These roads and the accompanying agricultural terraces and structures that have survived for more than six centuries are a testament to the advanced engineering and construction skills of the Inca people. The Qhapaq nan also spurred an important process of ecological and community integration across the Andean region. This book, the companion volume to a National Museum of the American Indian exhibition of the same name, features essays on six main themes: the ancestors of the Inca, Cusco as the center of the empire, road engineering, road transportation and integration, the road in the Colonial era, and the road today. Beautifully designed and featuring more than 225 full-color illustrations, The Great Inka Road is a fascinating look at this enduring symbol of the Andean peoples' strength and adaptability.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #208685 in Books
  • Published on: 2015-07-21
  • Released on: 2015-07-21
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 11.26" h x .90" w x 9.29" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 240 pages

Editorial Reviews

About the Author
RAMIRO MATOS (Quechua) is an archaeologist and senior curator for Latin America at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. JOSE BARREIRO (Taino) is assistant director for research at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and director of the Office of Latin America.

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5Remembering The Great Inka Road
By Katie H.
Enjoyed the exhibit at the American Indian Museum. I wanted to get the book so I could learn more and remember what I had learned. Nice book!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5A very fine book
By Cheryl Fitzpatrick
Beautiful illustrations, wonderful book, wish I'd had this while reading 1491!

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
4Amazing History
By chickadee
This is a lovely book and I have only had time to start it.[maybe 50 pages] The information is incredible and the illustrations and pictures are grand. The Incas were amazing people for their time and this piece of literature only goes to prove their brilliance.

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