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Aguas en el desierto: Los puquios de Nasca

by Katharina Schreiber and Josuée Lancho Rojas

The construction of "puquios" or wells was one of the most important techniques of water procurement and irrigation in ancient Peru. These wells were the only way available to transform this relatively flat, open, and often desertic environment, to provide agricultural sustenance to the local populations. Aguas en el Desierto not only explains the invention of this technology by ancient Peruvians but also combines ethnohistory, ethnoarchaeology, and archaeological survey to establish the distribution and importance of the puquio system for the Nasca culture. The analysis, accompanied by statistical and photographic material, considerably increases the present knowledge about ancient technologies for water procurement and distribution, and underscores the innovative and independent developments by New World peoples. In Spanish.

Published by Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima), 2006. 307 pp. ISBN: 9972-42-772-2.

$29.00 (shipping included). Order code PU025.