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Lost Worlds of South America | [The Great Courses]

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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

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

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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!!

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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!!!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mike New Jersey 11-19-13
    Mike New Jersey 11-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Thorough Review based on Archaeology"
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    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Maddox Falls Church 10-24-13
    Frank Maddox Falls Church 10-24-13 Member Since 2011
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mickey Shroff Vähäkyrö, FI 03-30-14
    Mickey Shroff Vähäkyrö, FI 03-30-14 Member Since 2013
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hartley Ohio 11-11-13
    J. Hartley Ohio 11-11-13
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    What disappointed you about Lost Worlds of South America?

    Very boring. This book is written in circles getting no where fast. I really wanted to listen to this because I was going to Peru and wanted to know so much more about the history of this culture. Our tour guide gave us more information in the first 5 minutes than I learned in the first (and only) hour I listened to this poorly written speech.


    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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