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Between the Lines The Mystery of the Giant Ground Drawings of Ancient Nasca, Peru (Hardcover)

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0292704968
ISBN-13: 9780292704961
Sku: 30560662
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  271
Age Range:  NA
 
The Nasca Lines are one of the world's great enigmas. Who etched the more than 1,000 enormous animal, human, and geometric figures that cover 400 square miles of barren pampa in southern Peru? How did the makers create lifelike images of monkeys, birds, and spiders without an aerial or mountain vantage point from which to view these giant figures that stretch across thousands of square yards? Most puzzling of all, why did the ancient Nasca people lay out these astonishing lines and images in the desert? These are the questions that pioneering archaeoastronomer Anthony Aveni seeks to answer in this book.

Writing for a wide public audience, Aveni begins by establishing the Nasca Lines as a true wonder of the ancient world. He describes how viewers across the centuries have tried to interpret the lines and debunks some of the wilder theories. Then he vividly recounts his own years of exploration at Nasca in collaboration with archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, and engineers and the discoveries that have answered many of the riddles about who made the Nasca Lines, when, and for what purposes. He also demonstrates how the lines manifest a universal human desire to create monumental earthworks that extends around the globe and to the present day.

We may never fully know why the Nasca Lines were inscribed in the Peruvian pampa, but this book offers a fascinating overview of what the leading expert and his colleagues currently understand. It's required reading for everyone intrigued by ancient mysteries.

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The Nasca Lines are one of the world's great enigmas. Who etched the more than 1,000 animal, human, and geometric figures that cover 400 square miles of barren pampa in southern Peru? How did the makers create lifelike images of monkeys, birds, and spiders without an aerial vantage point from which to view these giant figures that stretch across thousands of square yards? Most puzzling of all, why did the ancient Nasca lay out these lines and images in the desert? These are the questions that pioneering archaeoastronomer Anthony Aveni seeks to answer in this book.
Writing for a wide public audience, Aveni begins by establishing the Nasca Lines as a true wonder of the ancient world. He describes how viewers across the centuries have tried to interpret the lines and debunks the wilder theories. Then he vividly recounts his own years of exploration at Nasca in collaboration with other investigators and the discoveries that have answered many of the riddles about who made the Nasca Lines, when, and for what purposes. This fascinating overview of what the leading expert and his colleagues currently understand about the lines is required reading for everyone intrigued by ancient mysteries.

"This book is a tour de force. . . . [It] makes a good and important contribution to public knowledge of the Nasca Lines."

—Katharina J. Schreiber, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

"A rigorous researcher and lucid writer, Aveni leaves his reader-enthusiasts with a multidimensional mystery in which astronomy, religion, and the effective use of fragile terrain all play important roles."

Foreword

The Nasca Lines are one of the world's great enigmas. Who etched the more than 1,000 animal, human, and geometric figures that cover 400 square miles of barren pampa in southern Peru? How did the makers create lifelike images of monkeys, birds, and spiders without an aerial vantage point from which to view these giant figures that stretch across thousands of square yards? Most puzzling of all, why did the ancient Nasca lay out these lines and images in the desert? These are the questions that pioneering archaeoastronomer Anthony Aveni seeks to answer in this book.

Writing for a wide public audience, Aveni begins by establishing the Nasca Lines as a true wonder of the ancient world. He describes how viewers across the centuries have tried to interpret the lines and debunks the wilder theories. Then he vividly recounts his own years of exploration at Nasca in collaboration with other investigators and the discoveries that have answered many of the riddles about who made the Nasca Lines, when, and for what purposes. This fascinating overview of what the leading expert and his colleagues currently understand about the lines is required reading for everyone intrigued by ancient mysteries.

Table of Contents

Contents

PREFACE.............................................................ix
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...................................................xiii
PART ONE. PRELUDE
    1. Introduction: A Mystery on the Desert.........................2
    2. Wonders of the World: Nasca in Perspective....................9
PART TWO. PROCESSIONAL
    3. Nasca before Columbus........................................44
    4. Seeing Is Believing: Rediscovering the Pampa.................76
PART THREE. CEREMONY
    5. Sacred Landscapes: A Nasca for a New Millennium.............118
PART FOUR. RECESSIONAL
    6. Ley Lines to Labyrinths: Remaking the Earth beyond
    Nasca..........................................................212
NOTES..............................................................235
INDEX..............................................................247

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0271
Product attributePublisher:   University of Texas Press
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