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Viking London (Hardcover): Thomas Williams Viking London (Hardcover)
Thomas Williams 1
R416 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R120 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Viking Britain author Thomas Williams returns with a brief history of the interaction between the Vikings and the British to tell the story of the occupation of London. The Vikings remoulded the world, changed the language, and upended the dynamics of power and trade. Monasteries and settlements burned, ancient dynasties were extinguished. And nowhere in these islands saw more aggression than London. Between 842 and 1016, the city was subjected repeatedly to serious assault. In this short history, bestselling historian Thomas Williams recounts the profound impact Viking raiders from the North had on London. Delving into London's darkest age, he charts how the city was transformed in this period by immigrants and natives, kings and commoners, into the fulcrum of national power and identity. London emerged as a hub of trade, production and international exchange, a financial centre, a political prize, a fiercely independent and often intractable cauldron of spirited and rowdy townsfolk: a place that, a thousand years ago, already embodied much of what London was to become and still remains. This remarkable book takes the reader into a city of spectres, to its ancient past, to timeworn street names hidden beneath concrete underpasses, to the crypts of old churches, to a stretch of the old river bank, or the depths of museum collections. Nothing is lost in the city. And memories of the Vikings hover like a miasma in these places, blowing across the mud and shingle on the Thames foreshore - ghosts of Viking London.

Viking Britain - A History (Paperback): Thomas Williams Viking Britain - A History (Paperback)
Thomas Williams 1
R288 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R74 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A new narrative history of the Viking Age, interwoven with exploration of the physical remains and landscapes that the Vikings fashioned and walked: their rune-stones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields. To many, the word 'Viking' brings to mind red scenes of rape and pillage, of marauders from beyond the sea rampaging around the British coastline in the last gloomy centuries before the Norman Conquest. It is true that Britain in the Viking Age was a turbulent, violent place. The kings and warlords who have impressed their memories on the period revel in names that fire the blood and stir the imagination: Svein Forkbeard and Edmund Ironside, Ivar the Boneless and Alfred the Great, Erik Bloodaxe and Edgar the Pacifier amongst many others. Evidence for their brutality, their dominance, their avarice and their pride is still unearthed from British soil with stunning regularity. But this is not the whole story. In Viking Britain, Thomas Williams has drawn on his experience as project curator of the British Museum exhibition of Vikings: Life and Legend to show how the people we call Vikings came not just to raid and plunder, but to settle, to colonize and to rule. The impact on these islands was profound and enduring, shaping British social, cultural and political development for hundreds of years. Indeed, in language, literature, place-names and folklore, the presence of Scandinavian settlers can still be felt, and their memory - filtered and refashioned through the writings of people like J.R.R. Tolkien, William Morris and G.K.Chesterton - has transformed the western imagination. This remarkable book makes use of new academic research and first-hand experience, drawing deeply from the relics and landscapes that the Vikings and their contemporaries fashioned and walked: their runestones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields, poems and chronicles. The book offers a vital evocation of a forgotten world, its echoes in later history and its implications for the present.

Temples Of The African Gods - Revealing The Ancient Hidden Ruins Of Southern Africa (Hardcover): Michael Tellinger, Johan Heine Temples Of The African Gods - Revealing The Ancient Hidden Ruins Of Southern Africa (Hardcover)
Michael Tellinger, Johan Heine
R705 R500 Discovery Miles 5 000 Save R205 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a scientific expoe that will shatter our knowledge of ancient human history. Scholars have told us that the first civilisation on Earth emerged in a land called Sumer some 6000 years ago. New archaeological and scientific discoveries made by Michael Tellinger, Johan Heine and a team of leading scientists, show that the Sumerians and even the Egyptians inherited all their knowledge from an earlier civilisation that lived at the southern tip of Africa more than 200,000 years ago...mining gold.

These were also the people who carved the first Horus bird, the first Sphinx, built the first pyramids and built an accurate stone calendar right in the heart of it all. "Adam's Calendar" is the flagship among millions of circular stone ruins, ancient roads, agricultural terraces and thousands of ancient mines, left behind by a vanished civilisation which we now call the First People. They carved detailed images into the hardest rock, worshipped the sun, and are the first to carve an image of the Egyptian Ankh - key of life and universal knowledge, 200,000 years before the Egyptians came to light.

This book graphically exposes these discoveries and will be the catalyst for rewriting our ancient human history. The book is a continuation of Tellinger's previous books Slave Species of God and Adam's Calendar which have become favourites with readers in over 20 countries.

Vergete wereld - Die klipmuurnedersettings van die Mpumalanga-platorand (Afrikaans, Paperback): Peter Delius, Tim Maggs, Alex... Vergete wereld - Die klipmuurnedersettings van die Mpumalanga-platorand (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Peter Delius, Tim Maggs, Alex Schoeman
R385 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R67 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

If you drive through Mpumalanga with an eye on the landscape flashing by, you may see, near the sides of the road and further away on the hills above and in the valleys below, fragments of building in stone as well as sections of stone-walling breaking the grass cover. Endless stone circles, set in bewildering mazes and linked by long stone passages, cover the landscape stretching from Ohrigstad to Carolina, connecting over 10 000 square kilometres of the escarpment into a complex web of stone-walled homesteads, terraced fields and linking roads. Oral traditions recorded in the early twentieth century named the area Bokoni - the country of the Koni people. Few South Africans or visitors to the country know much about these settlements, and why today they are deserted and largely ignored. A long tradition of archaeological work which might provide some of the answers remains cloistered in universities and the knowledge vacuum has been filled by a variety of exotic explanations - invoking ancient settlers from India or even visitors from outer space - that share a common assumption that Africans were too primitive to have created such elaborate stone structures. Forgotten World defies the usual stereotypes about backward African farming methods and shows that these settlements were at their peak between 1500 and 1820, that they housed a substantial population, organised vast amounts of labour for infrastructural development, and displayed extraordinary levels of agricultural innovation and productivity. The Koni were part of a trading system linked to the coast of Mozambique and the wider world of Indian Ocean trade beyond. Forgotten World tells the story of Bokoni through rigorous historical and archaeological research, and lavishly illustrates it with stunning photographic images.

Secret Britain - Unearthing our Mysterious Past (Hardcover): Mary-Ann Ochota Secret Britain - Unearthing our Mysterious Past (Hardcover)
Mary-Ann Ochota
R567 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R164 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An Ice Age cannibal's skull cup, a hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold, a seventeenth century witch bottle... anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota unearths more than 70 of Britain's most intriguing ancient places and artefacts and explores the mysteries behind them. Britain is full of ancient wonders: not grand like the Egyptian pyramids, but small, strange places and objects that hint at a deep and enduring relationship with the mystic. Secret Britain offers an expertly guided tour of Britain's most fascinating mysteries: archaeological sites and artefacts that take us deep into the lives of the many different peoples who have inhabited the island over the millennia. Illustrated with beautiful photographs, the wonders include buried treasure, stone circles and geoglyphs, outdoor places of worship, caves filled with medieval carvings, and enigmatic tools to divine the future. Explore famous sites such as Stonehenge and Glastonbury, but also discover: The Lindow Man bog body, showing neatly trimmed hair and manicured fingernails despite having been killed 2,000 years ago The Uffington White Horse, a horse-shaped geoglyph maintained by an unbroken chain of people for 3,000 years A roman baby's bronze cockerel, an underworld companion for a two-year-old who died sometime between AD 100-200 St Leonard's Ossuary, home to 1,200 skulls and a vast stack of human bones made up of around 2,000 people who died from the 1200s to the 1500s The Wenhaston Doom painting, an extraordinary medieval depiction of the Last Judgement painted on a chancel arch Explore Britain's secret history and discover why these places still resonate today.

Archaeology of the Iroquois - Selected Readings and Research Sources (Paperback): Jordan E. Kerber Archaeology of the Iroquois - Selected Readings and Research Sources (Paperback)
Jordan E. Kerber
R1,190 Discovery Miles 11 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This timely volume offers a compilation of twenty-four articles covering a wide spectrum of topics in Iroquoian archaeology. Culled from leading publications, these essays collectively represent the current state of knowledge and research in the field. A comprehensive research bibliography with more than 500 entries will be a key resource for specialists and nonspecialists alike. Both text and bibliography are structured in five sections: Origins; Precolumbian Dynamics; Postcolumbian Dynamics; Material Culture Studies; and Contemporary Iroquois Perspectives, Repatriation, and Collaborative Archaeology. Along with seminal essays by major figures in regional archaeology, the book includes responses by Haudenosaunee writers to the political context of contemporary archaeological work.

Pagan Britain (Paperback): Ronald Hutton Pagan Britain (Paperback)
Ronald Hutton 1
R435 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R66 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Britain's pagan past, with its mysterious monuments, atmospheric sites, enigmatic artifacts, bloodthirsty legends, and cryptic inscriptions, is both enthralling and perplexing to a resident of the twenty-first century. In this ambitious and thoroughly up-to-date book, Ronald Hutton reveals the long development, rapid suppression, and enduring cultural significance of paganism, from the Paleolithic Era to the coming of Christianity. He draws on an array of recently discovered evidence and shows how new findings have radically transformed understandings of belief and ritual in Britain before the arrival of organized religion. Setting forth a chronological narrative, Hutton along the way makes side visits to explore specific locations of ancient pagan activity. He includes the well-known sacred sites-Stonehenge, Avebury, Seahenge, Maiden Castle, Anglesey-as well as more obscure locations across the mainland and coastal islands. In tireless pursuit of the elusive "why" of pagan behavior, Hutton astonishes with the breadth of his understanding of Britain's deep past and inspires with the originality of his insights.

Digging New Jersey's Past - Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Paperback): Richard Viet Digging New Jersey's Past - Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Paperback)
Richard Viet
R820 Discovery Miles 8 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When people think of archaeology, they commonly think of unearthing the remains of ancient civilizations in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Central or South America. But some fascinating history can be found in your own New Jersey backyard -- if you know where to look.

Richard Veit takes readers on a well-organized guided tour through four hundred years of Garden State development as seen through archaeology in Digging New Jersey's Past. This illustrated guidebook takes readers to some of the state's most interesting buried treasures and tells us what has been learned or is being learned from them. The diverse array of archaeological digs, drawn from all parts of the state, includes a seventeenth-century Dutch trading post, the site of the Battle of Monmouth, the gravemarkers of freed slaves, and a 1920s railroad roundhouse, among others.

Veit begins with an explanation of the basic techniques used by historical archaeologists. He explains how they know where to dig and what sites are likely to yield important information. He then describes excavation techniques: How do archaeologists go about excavating a site? What happens to artifacts after they have been removed? How are they cataloged, stored, and interpreted?

The book then moves through the state's history, from the contact of first peoples and explorers, to colonial homesteads, the Revolutionary War battlefields, cemeteries, canals and railroads, factories and laboratories of early inventors. Such excavations help us to better understand poorly documented historical episodes, the lives of disenfranchised people, and the realities of day-to-day life in the past. Veit concludes with some thoughts about the future of archaeologicalresearch in New Jersey and with suggestions on ways that interested individuals can become involved in the field.

Archaeological Perspectives on the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Paperback, New edition): Douglas D. Scott, Richard A Fox,... Archaeological Perspectives on the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Paperback, New edition)
Douglas D. Scott, Richard A Fox, Melissa A Connor, Dick Harmon
R596 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ever since the Custer massacres on June 25, 1876, the question has been asked: What happened - what REALLY happened - at the Battle of the Little Bighorn? We know some of the answers, because half of George Armstrong Custer's Seventh Cavalry - the men with Major Marcus Reno and Captain Frederick Benteen - survived the fight, but what of the half that did not, the troopers, civilians, scouts, and journalist who were with Custer?

Now, because a grass fire in August 1983 cleared the terrain of brush and grass and made possible thorough archaeological examinations of the battlefield in 1984 and 1985, we have many answers to important questions.

On the basis of the archaeological evidence presented in this book, we know more about what kinds of weapons were used against the cavalry. We know exactly where many of the men fought, how they died, and what happened to their bodies at the time of or after death. We know how the troopers were deployed, what kind of clothing they wore, what kind of equipment they had, how they fought. Through the techniques of historical archaeology and forensic anthropology, the remains and grave of one of Custer's scouts, Mitch Boyer, have been identified. And through geomorphology and the process of elimination, we know with almost 100 percent certainty where the twenty-eight missing men who supposedly were buried en masse in Deep Ravine will be found.

Cosmos Of Khnumhotep (Hardcover): Kamrin Cosmos Of Khnumhotep (Hardcover)
Kamrin
R7,359 Discovery Miles 73 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Scholars often assume that elite, or high-status tomb chapels of the Egyptian Old and Middle Kingdoms featured decorations in order to provide for the eternal needs of the deceased. However, this explanation often fails to account for the content of many such decorations.

The Cosmos of Khnumhotep II offers a detailed study of the tomb chapel of Khnumhotep II. Kamrin painstakingly charts the various levels of meaning buried in the scenes, ornaments, and texts that adorn Khnumhotep II's chapel, and provides a detailed analysis of the organizational structure of the tomb. She argues that the tomb chapel should be interpreted as a model of the cosmos, integrating the realms of the living and the dead. An abundance of new evidence suggests that various cult structures may be regarded as cosmograms, schematized representations of the Egyptian cosmos that reflect the powers and operations of the universe.

New Kingdom Royal City (Hardcover): Lacovara New Kingdom Royal City (Hardcover)
Lacovara
R6,610 Discovery Miles 66 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Reviewing the data from other New Kingdom settlements on a micro-spatial level, this study reveals a highly diversified and unique pattern of habitation in the Nile Valley. The main focus of this work is the New Kingdom which offers the largest number of sites from any one period.

Ancient Nubia (Hardcover): Shinnie Ancient Nubia (Hardcover)
Shinnie
R5,218 Discovery Miles 52 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

After Tutankhamun (Hardcover): Reeves After Tutankhamun (Hardcover)
Reeves
R5,740 Discovery Miles 57 400 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of work in the royal burial ground by the 5th Earl of Carnavon and Howard Carter, this book presents an up-to-date review of the developments in excavation, mapping and research in the Valley of the Kings.

Fort Cemetery At Heirakonpolis (Hardcover): Adams Fort Cemetery At Heirakonpolis (Hardcover)
Adams
R5,724 Discovery Miles 57 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Scotland in Later Prehistoric Europe (Hardcover): Fraser Hunter, Ian Ralston Scotland in Later Prehistoric Europe (Hardcover)
Fraser Hunter, Ian Ralston
R1,709 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R1,221 (71%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Historical archaeology at the Cape - The material culture of the Dutch-East India Company (VOC) (Paperback): Carmel Schrire Historical archaeology at the Cape - The material culture of the Dutch-East India Company (VOC) (Paperback)
Carmel Schrire
R446 R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Save R54 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

This volume documents the analysis of excavated historical archaeological collections at the Cape of Good Hope, specifically The Castle in Cape Town and Oudepost in Saldanha Bay, over a period of 30 years. It provides a rich picture of life and times at this distant outpost of an immense Dutch seaborne empire in the late 17th and early 18th centuries - a vision of consumption, waste, taste, provisioning, identity and heritage. The book examines ceramics, glass, metal and other material objects in their archaeological contexts. By revealing the source, uses and significance of some of the material residues of the VOC, this book seeks to create a rich, comparative picture of colonial material culture in an emerging capitalist world.

An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Hardcover): Joyce Kelly An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Hardcover)
Joyce Kelly
R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Palenque, Teotihuacan, Yaxchilan--the names of these ancient Maya cities conjure images of mystery and grandeur. Joyce Kelly's new visitor's guide includes these fascinating places and many more. This guide provides travelers with captivating photographs, vivid descriptions, and complete, up-to-date tourist information on 70 archaeological sites and 60 museums. Sites range from the most remote to the largest and most well known.

Joyce Kelly explores the art, architecture, and history of each museum and site, from pyramids and temples to the hieroglyphs and images of ornately carved monuments and stelae.

An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico provides:

- Driving times and distances in miles and kilometers;

- A rating of 0 to 4 stars for each site and museum;

- Sites arranged in geographical sections, which include easy-to-use maps, 10 site plans, and details on accommodations, restaurants and car rentals;

- "Getting There" sections with specific details on road conditions, driving and walking time, what to bring and how long to allow for a visit.

Mesoamerica's Ancient Cities - Aerial Views of Pre-Columbian Ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras (Paperback,... Mesoamerica's Ancient Cities - Aerial Views of Pre-Columbian Ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras (Paperback, Rev Ed)
William M. Ferguson, Etc; Revised by Richard E.W. Adams; R.E.W. Adams
R756 R608 Discovery Miles 6 080 Save R148 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

William Fergusons classic photographic portrayal of the major pre-Columbian ruins of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras is now available from UNM Press in a completely revised edition. Magnificent aerial and ground photographs give both armchair and actual visitors unparalleled views of fifty-one ancient cities. The restored areas of each site and their interesting and exotic features are shown within each group of ruins. The authors have thoroughly revised the text for this new edition, and they have added over 30 new photographs and illustrations as well as a completely new chapter by Richard E. W. Adams on regional states and empires in ancient Mesoamerica.

Over a span of three thousand years between 1500 B.C. and A.D. 1500 great civilizations, including the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Toltec, Zapotec, and Aztec, flourished, waned, and died in Mesoamerica. These indigenous cultures of Mexico and Central America are brought to life in "Mesoamericas Ancient Cities" through stunning color photographs. The authors include the most recent research and most widely accepted theoretical perspectives on Mesoamerican civilizations. Ideal for the general reader as well as scholars of Mesoamerica, this volume makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of the Americas.

An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Paperback): Joyce Kelly An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Paperback)
Joyce Kelly
R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Palenque, Teotihuacan, Yaxchilan--the names of these ancient Maya cities conjure images of mystery and grandeur. Joyce Kelly's new visitor's guide includes these fascinating places and many more. This guide provides travelers with captivating photographs, vivid descriptions, and complete, up-to-date tourist information on 70 archaeological sites and 60 museums. Sites range from the most remote to the largest and most well known.

Joyce Kelly explores the art, architecture, and history of each museum and site, from pyramids and temples to the hieroglyphs and images of ornately carved monuments and stelae.

An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico provides:

- Driving times and distances in miles and kilometers;

- A rating of 0 to 4 stars for each site and museum;

- Sites arranged in geographical sections, which include easy-to-use maps, 10 site plans, and details on accommodations, restaurants and car rentals;

- "Getting There" sections with specific details on road conditions, driving and walking time, what to bring and how long to allow for a visit.

From Mounds to Mammoths - A Field Guide to Oklahoma Prehistory, Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Claudette... From Mounds to Mammoths - A Field Guide to Oklahoma Prehistory, Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Claudette Marie Gilbert, Robert L. Brooks
R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For most Oklahomans the story of the state begins with the removal of the Five Tribes to Indian Territory early in the nineteenth century. In fact, Oklahoma has a rich, diverse, and enduring native cultural heritage. Using recent discoveries and information unearthed since its original 1980 publication, From Mounds to Mammoths presents Oklahoma's prehistory from thirty thousand years ago to historic contact times.

Claudette Gilbert and Robert L. Brooks take the reader back thousands of years to experience life on the plains. They discuss the Cooper site, which has given us valuable insights into Folsom technology, hunting practices, and ritual. Here archaeologists discovered a thunderbolt painted on a bison skull-the earliest evident of artwork in North America. The story of Spiro Mounds, a more recent culture, reveals village life in the Arkansas River basin 800-1000 years ago.

Told chronologically with vivid chapter-opening vignettes, From Mounds to Mammoths provides a fascinating glimpse into the variety of Oklahoma native cultures.

Ritual Sites and Religious Rivalries in Late Roman North Africa (Hardcover): Shira L. Lander Ritual Sites and Religious Rivalries in Late Roman North Africa (Hardcover)
Shira L. Lander
R2,264 R2,098 Discovery Miles 20 980 Save R166 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Ritual Sites and Religious Rivalries in Late Roman North Africa, Lander examines the rhetorical and physical battles for sacred space between practitioners of traditional Roman religion, Christians, and Jews of late Roman North Africa. By analyzing literary along with archaeological evidence, Lander provides a new understanding of ancient notions of ritual space. This regard for ritual sites above other locations rendered the act or mere suggestion of seizing and destroying them powerful weapons in inter-group religious conflicts. Lander demonstrates that the quantity and harshness of discursive and physical attacks on ritual spaces directly correlates to their symbolic value. This heightened valuation reached such a level that rivals were willing to violate conventional Roman norms of property rights to display spatial control. Moreover, Roman Imperial policy eventually appropriated spatial triumphalism as a strategy for negotiating religious conflicts, giving rise to a new form of spatial colonialism that was explicitly religious.

The Sutton Hoo Story - Encounters with Early England (Paperback): Martin Carver The Sutton Hoo Story - Encounters with Early England (Paperback)
Martin Carver
R572 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R56 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Sutton Hoo ship-burial is one of the most significant finds ever made in Europe. It lies in a burial ground which contains all the elements of archaeological mystery: seventeen mounds, buried treasure, and sacrificed horses. In this very accessible book, Martin Carver explains what we know of this site, at which the leaders of the Dark Age kingdom of East Anglia signalled the pagan and maritime nature of their court. This is the story not only of this dramatic place, but also of its exploration over half a century, which amounts to a potted history of British archaeology.

Heimskringla - An Introduction (Paperback): Diana Whaley Heimskringla - An Introduction (Paperback)
Diana Whaley
R388 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R56 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The British Time Scale - Half a Million Years Illustrated (Paperback): G.M. James The British Time Scale - Half a Million Years Illustrated (Paperback)
G.M. James
R328 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R94 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Imagine the whole of British history laid out in one long line, giving a shape to the mysterious prehistoric past, detailing the major English, Scottish and Welsh rulers (including emperors, kings and queens), prime ministers, important events and battles. To be even more useful such a time scale should be in full colour and include the populations, climate, maps, architectural heritage and technological/scientific advances...and it could cover 500,000 years. Filling a gap left by other reference sources, The British Time Scale is a unique and invaluable production. In a conveniently portable folded book format, the timescale will also expand into a chart of 2 metres in length and includes 25 maps. An illustrated overview including climate, population and maps. Richly detailed and in full colour, this is the easiest way to appreciate the whole sweep of human history of this island/peninsula. It can be used fold by fold, book-fashion, whilst touring or as a wall or table chart. Either way, it makes a convenient and enjoyable work of reference.

The Aztec Economic World - Merchants and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica (Hardcover): Kenneth G. Hirth The Aztec Economic World - Merchants and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica (Hardcover)
Kenneth G. Hirth
R2,965 R2,734 Discovery Miles 27 340 Save R231 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This study explores the organization, scale, complexity, and integration of Aztec commerce across Mesoamerica at Spanish contact. The aims of the book are threefold. The first is to construct an in-depth understanding of the economic organization of precolumbian Aztec society and how it developed in the way that it did. The second is to explore the livelihoods of the individuals who bought, sold, and moved goods across a cultural landscape that lacked both navigable rivers and animal transport. Finally, this study models Aztec economy in a way that facilitates its comparison to other ancient and premodern societies around the world. What makes the Aztec economy unique is that it developed one of the most sophisticated market economies in the ancient world in a society with one of the worse transportation systems. This is the first book to provide an updated and comprehensive view of the Aztec economy in thirty years.

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