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Callachaca: Style and Status in an Inca Community
by Susan A. Niles
University of Iowa Press, 1987
Cloth: 978-0-87745-177-8 | eISBN: 978-1-58729-168-5 | Paper: 978-1-58729-352-8
Library of Congress Classification F3429.3.A65N54 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 985.01


Inca constructions, designed to conform to a state aesthetic, reveal the worldview of these masters of social and architectural engineering. In her meticulous analysis of Callachaca—the fifteenth-century estate of the royal Amaro Topa Inca and his retainers near the ancient capital of Cuzco—Susan Niles shows us that the physical order seen in this planned community reflects the Inca vision of an appropriate social order.

Callachaca: Style and Status in an Inca Community will be valuable reading for archaeologists, art historians, geographers, architects with an interest in pre-Columbian cultures, landscape architects, anthropologists, folklorists, and historians with a special interest in the Andes. Since she focuses on all the varied architectural remains at one site in the Inca heartland, Niles provides a unique model for examining royal Inca architecture and society.

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