The Incas

Ancient Peoples and Places

The Incas

Lords of the Four Quarters

  1. Craig Morris
  2. Adriana Von Hagen
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‘A lively, deeply informed and highly readable account of the last great empire of pre-Columbian South America. ’ – Gary Urton, Harvard University
‘I know of no other book in English that provides such a good region by region description of the Inca empire … Both a useful review of the main Inca sites and a new perspective on the structure of the empire.’– Bill Sillar, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

This new survey provides the most up-to-date and authoritative account available of the Incas, their politics, economics, religion, architecture, art and technology.

Richly illustrated and written by leading experts, The Incas is the ideal introduction for the tourist, armchair traveller or student.

The Incas built one of the largest empires of the ancient world. The sheer scale makes their achievement truly remarkable. At its zenith it extended northwards from the Inca capital Cusco along the Andes to embrace parts of modern Peru and Ecuador, and southwards into Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

Uniquely, the authors look in detail at Cusco and at the four parts of the empire, following the vast road system to explore not just famous sites such as Machu Picchu, but all the major regional settlements.

This vivid portrait shows how the Incas ruled some peoples directly but allowed others to maintain their traditional leaders with little interference. The concluding chapter is devoted to the end of the empire: the arrival of the Spaniards, the assassination of the Inca ruler Atawallpa, and the final years of the rebellious, neo-Inca state in the tropical forest of Vilcabamba.

Craig Morris is renowned for his excavation of Huánuco Pampa, one of the largest Inca provincial centres. He was Curator of South American Archaeology as well as Senior Vice-President and Dean of Science at the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Adriana von Hagen is co-director of the Leymebamba Museum in Chachapoyas, Peru. She has co-authored with Craig Morris several important books, including The Cities of the Ancient Andes and The Inka Empire and its Andean Origins.