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A Sacred Landscape (Paperback)

Hugh Thomson

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-058-2
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Many of the extraordinary cultures of Ancient Peru, from the lines of the Nasca to the temple-cult of Chav n and the great pyramids of the coast, have only started to give up their secrets in just the last few years.

Hugh Thomson has been at the forefront of some of these discoveries. He made headlines with his work near Machu Picchu, which he recounted brilliantly in The White Rock. Now he takes the reader on a journey back from the great Moche pyramids to remote sites in the Central highlands that date back to the first millennium BCE—ancient Incan sites of the Andes that remain cloaked in mystery. Thomson gives an immensely personal and accessible guide to the region’s wonders alongside the story of his family’s relocation to a farm in the Yucay valley, the one-time heartland of ancient Peru.

Drawing on the year that he spent alongside contemporary Peruvians, Thomson illuminates how things have changed or failed to change in the five centuries that separate contemporary Peru from the civilization that is one of the world's oldest and most captivating enigmas.

"A dizzying tour through five turbulent millennia. The cumulative effect is enthralling." —The Times

"Conveys not only Thomson's great knowledge of the ancient civilizations of the Andes, but also the thrill of the chase for such knowledge." —The Spectator

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