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Lost Worlds of South America Lecture

Lost Worlds of South America

Buried by the centuries on soaring mountain slopes and beneath arid deserts and lush jungles of South America, the remains of extraordinary, majestic civilizations-many unknown until recent decades-are now coming to light and raising tantalizing questions about what else may be awaiting discovery.Take an adventurous trek to these wilds of South America and the great civilizations of the ancients. In 24 eye-opening lectures, you'll take an in-depth look at the emerging finds and archaeological knowledge of more than 12 seminal civilizations.
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Buried by the centuries on soaring mountain slopes and beneath arid deserts and lush jungles of South America, the remains of extraordinary, majestic civilizations - many unknown until recent decades - are now coming to light and raising tantalizing questions about what else may be awaiting discovery.

Take an adventurous trek to these wilds of South America and the great civilizations of the ancients. In 24 eye-opening lectures, you'll take an in-depth look at the emerging finds and archaeological knowledge of more than 12 seminal civilizations, giving you rich insight into the creative vision and monumental achievements of these wellsprings of human life.

The ancient South Americans show us striking models of how societies can function and organize themselves. The technologies and social structures seen here were wholly invented, using no preexisting models, as these dynamic peoples struggled to tame their environment and carve out societies and empires.

Recently unearthed marvels include elaborately prepared and adorned mummies that predate Egypt's by 2000 years; imposing palaces, solar observatories, and dramatically decorated pyramids; stunning art objects in gold, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and ceramic; and evidence of huge urban civilizations in the Amazon.

In their amazing sophistication and scale, the sites reveal some of the most remarkable ancient artifacts found anywhere in the world. The breathtaking valleys, mountains, and deserts you will study in this course reveal wonders that rival anything we know of the ancient world. Travel with us to a lost and splendorous past - a fountainhead of civilization that speaks unforgettably of human striving, vision, and the indomitable will to endure.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Mike 11-19-13
    Mike 11-19-13
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    "A Thorough Review based on Archaeology"
    Any additional comments?

    This was an enjoyable listen, but I would only recommend it for some. Essentially the teacher takes the listener on a journey of South American History (Note: Not Mesoamerican, Central American, Aztec, Mayan, or any other American/New World History). He starts with the earliest evidence of human life and continues all the way through the Inca and the Spanish conquest and ends by touching upon a few modern day connections to South American peoples afterwards. It is a bit shorter than most great courses (11 hours compared to 8 hours). This is not your typical history overview but really a highly archaeologically/anthropologically based overview. Much of the time is spent discussing archaeological sites and artifacts uncovered and what they might tell us about the people that lived back then. If you are not looking for something technical or you prefer a narrative style, I would not suggest this book. The professor is very knowledgeable and does a good job of presenting his topic in an interesting and enjoyable way. He has a few non-traditional perspectives which he emphasizes, but he also does a good job highlighting the latest discoveries as of his recording (2012 I think?). If you are interested and don't mind a slightly technical listen, I would recommend this book.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Linden L. 09-30-14
    Linden L. 09-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Lost Worlds Rediscovered"

    I really enjoyed this Lecture and would highly recommend it if archaic history is one of your interests. The book is not for everyone, but it sheds light on a history I didn't even know existed. The professor is very clear, easy to understand, and absolutely brings this subject to life.

    This lecture is concerned with the ancient peoples and civilizations of South America. More specifically though, Peru and what would become the Inca Empire. The other groups mentioned, including the Amazonian peoples, are mentioned to highlight or emphasize their interactions with what we know as the Inca people.

    It starts off with the earliest evidence of human life in South America and continues on until the fall of the Inca. Each lecture is half an hour long and covers a ton of detail. Each time a lecture ends I keep wishing he would continue on for another hour, the topics are very gripping.

    Something I really enjoyed that this Professor does is he will discuss what is currently understood to be "true" as well as what the alternatives are. He also discusses a few of his own ideas, each time he does that he makes sure the listener is fully aware. I really enjoyed learning about the different theories that are out there.

    This is a bit of a technical listen, but the Professor keeps it lively, interesting, and fun. I would highly recommend.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 08-21-13
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2010

    Audio Addict! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!

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    "The Best Of the Great Courses! I love this guy!"

    I've listened to quite a few of the Great Courses. I have to rate this as one of the most interesting, with my new favorite professor. This guy thinks for himself, and knows what he is talking about. Certainly, I don't mean to say other professors haven't been thoughtful and knowledgable! But Dr Barnhart is truly exceptional.

    If you are interested in this subject in any way, this particular course is must buy! I was only marginally interested when I started, but I have truly learned more than I imagined, and am completely hungry for more!!

    Well done Mr. Edwin Barnhart and Great Courses! Fantastic lecture!!!

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    Mickey Shroff Vähäkyrö, FI 03-30-14
    Mickey Shroff Vähäkyrö, FI 03-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent content and performance"
    If you could sum up Lost Worlds of South America in three words, what would they be?

    Informational, interesting, great series


    What other book might you compare Lost Worlds of South America to and why?

    History related books


    Which character – as performed by Professor Edwin Barnhart – was your favorite?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really because there was lot of information to digest. Better to take in couple of lectures at a time.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    djva Chicago 12-13-15
    djva Chicago 12-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great overview"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course because it provided me with a great overview of the topic. I have had bits and pieces of history and archaeology of the region over the years but the professor weaves a wonderful tale of the long stretch of this civilization. I don't think he reflected a similar depth of understanding of the Spanish presence in the region, particularly the role of the Church, as he resorted to all the time worn stereotypes. It was also a bit painful to hear that flat US accent as he dealt with important Spanish vocabulary. But we take the good with the bad. His is the view of the archaeologist, of course.

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    robert heber, UT, United States 01-11-14
    robert heber, UT, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good. A must for Peru Travelers."
    Would you listen to Lost Worlds of South America again? Why?

    This was a very good and informative audio book. I liked everything about this lecture series..... except one trivial matter.... He states on a few occasions that these native peoples discovered certain things "totally on their own". Since we don;t know how most of these people arrived in the new world, we don't know how they learned to carve stone, smelt metal, etc.. I believe there were dozens if not hundreds of sea fearing people who ended up in south America. They would have brought and dispersed their knowledge. But that is a minor quibble. He does give some of his theories and opinions, which I appreciated. I found his comments on Pre INCA stonework very compelling. This is a must listen for any Peru Traveler. as an aside; 3 friends and I were going to Peru two years ago but LAN airlines gave our seats away to their employees at LAX. Remembering that painful experience saddened me . When I go to Peru next year (on DELTA or UNITED) I will listen to this again. He brings Peru to life. Definitely worth the purchase.


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    Frank Maddox 10-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Fantastic !"
    What did you love best about Lost Worlds of South America?

    Dr. Barnhart put the lost worlds into perspective. He covered a great deal of material in a concise and most interesting way.


    What about Professor Edwin Barnhart’s performance did you like?

    He really makes the lost worlds come alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Didn't want to stop it is so interesting.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda S. Masters 01-13-16
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    "What I should have known earlier"
    If you could sum up Lost Worlds of South America in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, Well Written & Read


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had already learned from these lectures before I spent time in Meso-America and South America. I would have understood so much more. Dr. Barnhart has developed well organized lectures and his presentation of his material is very easy to listen to and to understand. LOVED IT

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    Curtis 01-12-16
    Curtis 01-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful story"

    Great lecture. Nice mix of details without getting bogged down in minutia.

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    michael solomon princeton, nj USA 12-03-15
    michael solomon princeton, nj USA 12-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Bringing the past to life"

    Professor Barnhart's lectures on the Andean cultures was the perfect followup of his series on the Mayan and Middle American cultures. I am sorry to see the lectures end. You cannot surpass a gifted teacher sharing first hand knowledge of what he clearly loves, and there is no substitute for that enthusiasm. Thank you for bringing this history to life.

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