Foreword to Peru
The Incas and Prehistoric Cultures
In 2007 my wife and I travelled by 4WD (with a guide and
a driver) throughout the greater part of Peru: and this unit is a product
of the materials I collected then … some of them anyway! Though I did take
thousands of photographs there were inevitable gaps in my coverage. Accordingly,
I have had to use a variety of images from other sources under Creative
Commons arrangements, particularly so in the case of the Moche.
Where I have used photos taken by others I have acknowledged
each one. I own no rights to such photos, whereas the rest, taken by myself,
can be downloaded free of charge for non-commercial use.
In preparing the notes to accompany the text I have
made much use of:
Guaman Poma; “New Chronicle and Good Government”, reflecting
conditions in South America following the Spanish conquest. Printed in
2005 by Andean World, copyright CRC Productions, Cuzco. (Poma himself,
who lived between 1535 and 1615, said of his work: “On reading this book,
some will weep, some will laugh, some will commit it to God, others through
fury will want to destroy it. A few will want to have it in their hands”.)
Justo Caceres Macedo, “Prehispanic Cultures of Peru”.
Rebecca Stone-Miller, “Art of the Andes”. London: Thames
and Hudson, 1995. ISBN 0-500-20363-6.
Adriana von Hagen & Craig Morris, “The Cities of
the Ancient Andes”. London: Thames and Hudson, 1998. ISBN 0-500-05086-4.
Federico Kaufmann Doig, “Ancestors of the Incas”. Printed
in Peru by Serinsa, 2005. ISBN 9972-33-165-2.
Garcilaso Inca de la Vega, “The Royal Commentaries
of the Inca”. New York: Harper Collins, 1964. ISBN 1-85902-397-4.
Association Amigos del Museo de Sipan, “Museo Tumbas
Reales de Sipan”, 2005. A guidebook to the museum.