Lost Worlds of South America (The Great Courses #3120) by Edwin Barnhart

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Read from March 05, 2013 to November 10, 2015

Lecture 1 South America’s Lost Cradle of Civilization ✔
Lecture 2 Discovering Peru’s Earliest Cities ✔

Lecture 3 South America’s First People ✔

clovis point.

The Milodon Cave near Puerto Natales

Among the most amazing finds in archaic South America are the Chinchorro mummies. More than 1,500 mummies have been found in the Atacama Desert, dating back to 5000 B.C. These are by far the world’s oldest mummies, many of them 2,000 years older than Egypt’s oldest mummies.

The Huaca Prieta Site

Lecture 4 Ceramics, Textiles, and Organized States ✔

Garagay dates somewhere between 1640 and 900 B.C. It is in a horrible state because it was mined for decades for construction fill. Similar modern destruction occurred in Lima during its 20th-century development.

Lecture 5 Chavín and the Rise of Religious Authority ✔

Fanged tenon heads

Lecture 6 Cupisnique to Salinar—Elite Rulers and War ✔

Cupisnique pottery

Lecture 7 Paracas—Mummies, Shamans, and Severed Heads✔

Lecture 8 The Nazca Lines and Underground Channels✔

Nasca Culture Aqueduct

Lecture 9: The Moche — Pyramids, Gold, and Warriors✔

Lecture 10: The Moche — Richest Tombs in the New World✔

The Lord of Sipán tomb is a Moche culture site in Peru, found intact and untouched by thieves.

Lecture 11 The Moche—Drugs, Sex, Music, and Puppies✔


Lecture 12 Enigmatic Tiwanaku by Lake Titicaca✔

Projected Reconstruction of Tiwanaku

Lecture 13 The Amazon—Civilization Lost in the Jungle✔

Amazonia Bolivian style

Lecture 14 The Wari—Foundations of the Inca Empire?✔

This pyramid in Lima, Peru was built by the Wari civilization, who pre-dated the Incas.

Lecture 15 The Chimú—Empire of the Northern Coast : 900-1470 ✔

Chimu city of Chan Chan

Tumi (decapitating knife)

Lecture 16 The Sican—Goldsmiths of the Northern Coast✔

Lecture 17 The Inca Origins—Mythology v. Archaeology: The Inca civilization arose from the highlands of Peru sometime in the early 13th century, and the last Inca stronghold was conquered by the Spanish in 1572.(wiki sourced)✔

Lecture 18 Cuzco and the Tawantinsuyu Empire✔

Cuzco 16th century lithograph

Coricancha (Temple of the Sun)

Lecture 19 The Inca—From Raiders to Empire✔

Aguas Calientes

Lecture 20 The Inca—Gifts of the Empire✔

terraces for potatoes and corn

The llamas were trained to use the rope bridges but Spanish horses wouldn’t/couldn’t be cajoled into passage

Lecture 21 The Khipu—Language Hidden in Knots✔

Lecture 22 Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley✔

Hiram Bingham III at his tent door near Machu Picchu in 1912

Lecture 23 Spanish Contact—Pizarro Conquers the Inca✔


Pizarro meets Atahualpa, from the 1969 film of the play ‘The Royal Hunt of the Sun’ by Schaffer.

Lecture 24 Remnants of the Past—Andean Culture Today✔

José San Martín and his forces liberated Peru and proclaimed its independence from Spain on July 28th, 1821.


CR White Mughals
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
3* Rome and the Barbarians
4* Field Notes From A Hidden City
3* The King’s Jews: Money, Massacre and Exodus in Medieval England
CR A History of Palestine 634-1099
3* Charlotte Brontë: A Life
3* The Alhambra
5* A Long Walk in the Himalaya: A Trek from the Ganges to Kashmir
3* Buddhist Warfare
4* A Gathering of Spoons
AB A Brief History of Roman Britain – Conquest and Civilization
4* Victorian Glassworlds: Glass Culture and the Imagination, 1830-1880
3* Food Safari
4* She-Wolves
3* India: A Portrait
2* The Archaeology of Ancient Sicily
5* Classics of Russian Literature
CR The Battle of Salamis
5* Lost Worlds of South America


4* History of Science 1700 – 1900
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
TR Secrets of Sleep
TR Turning Points in Modern History
TR Apocalypse
4* Myth in Human History
3* A History of Russia
TR Classic Novels
5* London
4* Re-thinking Our Past
4* The Vikings
5* Lost Worlds of South America
3* Rome and the Barbarians
TR Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
OH History of Science: Antiquity to 1700
TR Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian
TR Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
5* From Monet To Van Gogh: A History Of Impressionism
5* History of the English language
TR The Late Middle Ages
3* Great American Music: Boadway Musicals
5* Classics of Russian Literature


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