Relics of the Past: The Collecting and Study of Pre-Columbian Antiquities in Peru and Chile, 1837…

Hardcover | June 29, 2014

byStefanie Ganger

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Relics of the Past tells the story of antiquities collecting, antiquarianism, and archaeology in Peru and Chile in the second half of the nineteenth and the early twentieth century. While the role of foreign travellers and scholars dedicated to the study of South America's pre-Columbian pastis well documented, historians have largely overlooked the knowledge gathered and the collections formed among collectors of antiquities, antiquaries, and archaeologists born or living in South America during this period. The landed gentry, the clergy, and an urban bourgeoisie of doctors, engineers, and military officials put antiquities on display in their private mansions or bestowed them upon the public museums that were being formed by municipalities and governments in Santiago de Chile, Cuzco, or Lima. Men, andsome few women, gathered antiquities on their journeys "inland" and during sociable weekend excursions, but also on quotidian commercial voyages or in military campaigns. They bartered antiquities with their fellow collectors or haggled about their price on the antiquities market. In their hours ofleisure, they marvelled at them, wrote about them, and disputed over their meaning, age, and interest in learned societies, informal gatherings, and at meetings in universities and public museums. This volume unveils a hitherto largely unknown world of antiquarian and archaeological collecting andlearning in Peru and Chile.

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Relics of the Past tells the story of antiquities collecting, antiquarianism, and archaeology in Peru and Chile in the second half of the nineteenth and the early twentieth century. While the role of foreign travellers and scholars dedicated to the study of South America's pre-Columbian pastis well documented, historians have largely o...

Dr Stefanie Ganger is a Assistant Professor at the Institute for Iberian and Latin American History at the University of Cologne.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pagesPublished:June 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsIntroduction: Antiquities in Peru and Chile1. The Mascapaycha: Collections of Incan Antiquities in Cuzco2. The Khipu: Antiquarianism and Archaeology in Lima3. Pascual Cona: Collecting and Colonization in Araucania4. The Valdivia Jug: Archaeology over the War of the PacificConclusionList of ArchivesList of ReferencesGeneral Index