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Irrigation and society in the Peruvian desert : the puquios of Nasca / Katharina Schreiber and Josué Lancho Rojas.

Schreiber, Katharina Jeanne [Browse]
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2003.
xix, 172 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Summary note:
"Nasca, once home to a sophisticated ancient culture, is an improbable paradise: a verdant landscape in the middle of the Peruvian coastal desert, one of the driest places on the face of the Earth. Irrigation and Society in the Peruvian Desert: The Puquios of Nasca looks at the legendary puquios of Nasca, the underground aqueduct system built by Incas that is perhaps responsible for this strange abundance of water. Katharina Schreiber and Josue Lancho Rojas explore the puquios, their probable means of construction, their function in ancient society, and how they are used today. Few ancient cultures were as knowledgeable about water or as technologically adept at accessing it, and Schreiber and Lancho Rojas provide a fascinating glimpse of an ancient society through the seemingly mundane task of transporting water. Irrigation and Society in the Peruvian Desert is much more than a mere treatise on water distribution, it is a detailed examination of the role large-scale irrigation played in the emergence of sociopolitical complexity."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-166) and index.
1. Nasca: Jewel of the Peruvian South Coast -- 2. The Natural Environment and Hydrology of Nasca: The Problem of the Lack of Water -- 3. Puquios: The Solution to the Problem -- 4. Puquios of the Nasca Irrigation Sector -- 5. Puquios of the Aja Irrigation Sector -- 6. Puquios of the Tierras Blancas Irrigation Sector -- 7. Puquios of the Taruga Irrigation Sector -- 8. Puquios of the Las Trancas Irrigation Sector -- 9. The Dating of the Puquios -- 10. Conclusion: The Role of the Puquios in Ancient Nasca Society.
0739106414 (cloth : alk. paper)
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