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Description: The Ancient Americas: Art from Sacred Landscapes
One of the principal objectives of modern archaeology is to comprehend the cultural significance of the material vestiges of ancient societies. Interpretation of the art and architecture of past civilizations in South America, where written texts were not developed, depends on the identification of patterns of signs and symbols. These provide clues to coherent visual codes that may lead to the discovery and understanding of other ways of ordering the world. The archaeologist can recover only …
PublisherArt Institute of Chicago
Related print edition pages: pp.229-243
https://doi.org/10.37862/aaeportal.00118.023