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Archaeology and Language in the Andes

Paul Heggarty and David Beresford-Jones


The Andes are of unquestioned significance to the human story: a cradle of agriculture and of ‘pristine’ civilisation with a pedigree of millennia. The Incas were but the culmination of a succession of civilisations that rose and fell to leave one of the richest archaeological records on Earth. By no coincidence, the Andes are home also to our greatest surviving link to the speech of the New World before European conquest: the Quechua language family. For linguists, the native tongues of the Andes make for another rich seam of data on origins, expansions, and reversals throughout prehistory. H ... More

Keywords: Andes, agriculture, Incas, speech, New World, European conquest, Quechua, mytho-histories, conquistadors

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265031
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Heggarty, editor
Senior Scientist, Department of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

David Beresford-Jones, editor
Research Associate, Department of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, and Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge

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