a journey in time


Marking the bicentennial anniversary of Peruvian independence, this book explores the pre-Columbian history and culture of the country through an extraordinary collection of objects.


ISBN: 9780714124919 Category:

Cecilia Pardo, Jago Cooper


‘The exhibition is now over, but the splendid book lives on.’
‘A delightful, very readable eyecandy dive in the history of the cultures of Peru’
‘An excellent book as you would expect from the British Museum, and a delight to dive into.’
— Sacred Hoop Magazine, March 2022

The environments of the Central Andean region in Peru, South America, are some of the most geographically rich and diverse in the world. This publication highlights the history, beliefs and cultural achievements of the different peoples who lived in these remarkable landscapes from 1500 BC to the arrival of Europeans in the 1500s, and the importance of their legacy up until today.

Over thousands of years, the people of the Andes have approached agriculture, economy, gender, power and belief in fascinating ways. Many archaeological sites in Peru are uniquely preserved, and the book discusses key examples with a thematic and geographical approach. The vibrant and varied material depicted includes ceramics, colourful textiles, golden objects and wooden carvings, drawn from the British Museum and museums and collections in Peru and beyond. When juxtaposed with breathtaking photography of archaeological sites and landscapes, they reveal new narratives about the country’s rich history.

Additional information

Weight 1056 g
Dimensions 25.1 x 22.1 cm
Publisher name The British Museum Press
Publication date 14 February 2022
Number of pages 240
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 25.1 x 22.1 cm
Weight 1056 g


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Cecilia Pardo is Curator of the exhibition Peru: a journey through time and was previously Deputy Director and Curator of Collections and Pre-Columbian Art at the Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru. Previous publications include Nasca (Museo de Arte de Lima).

Jago Cooper is Head of the Americas Section at the British Museum. Previous publications include Arctic: culture and climate (The British Museum Press).

With contributions by Nilda CallaƱaupa, Rafael Vega Centeno, Peter Fux, Andrew Hamilton, Ricardo Kusunoki, George Lau, Elena Phipps, Gabriel Prieto, Julio Rucabado and Bill Sillar.