SAA Latin American Antiquity Journals

Very Rare, Scholarly Publication from the Society for American Archaeology. Complete run from Vol. 1 (1990) to Vol. 15 (2004) and Vol. 17 (2006) to Vol. 19 (2008). Massive lot of 72 back issued journals of Latin American Antiquity. These were published quarterly by the Society for American Archaeology and are packed with articles, reports and reviews by professional archaeologists on all aspects of Latin American archaeology and epigraphy. Most of the issues are around 120 pages in length. These journals are well illustrated with line drawings, photos, graphs, charts, tables, maps, and profiles. Article topics cover all aspects and regions of the archaeology of Latin America, but are focused heavily on Mesoamerica and the ancient Andes. Nevertheless, Amazonia, the Caribbean, Central America, and the southern periphery of South America are also covered. All time periods from controversial early Paleoindian populations to early civilizations, such as the Olmecs and the Chavin to classic societies, such as Teotihuacan and Zapotec Monte Alban to the Contact Era states, such as the Aztecs and Incas are covered by these journals. Articles cover epigraphy, excavations of specific sites, settlement surveys, geoarchaeological and environmental archaeological studies, lithic and ceramic analyses, urbanization, the rise of agriculture, the Classic Maya Collapse, etc. These journals are in very good condition. The bindings are strong and solid.

Comprehensive List of Articles, Reports, & Reviews – Click Here

The Sacred Valley of the Incas: Myths and Symbols


Fernando and Edgar Elorrieta Salazar introduce the world to a new and profound view of Andean myths that they have been able to decode and convert into history and reality through a study of semiotics, aesthetics and archaeoastronomy.

Cultural myths function as a way of conceptualizing and organizing something held in common by a group of people. Its connotation is ideological and serves to cause one to believe that this “something”, whether it be shared values, attitudes or beliefs, is natural, normal, of common sense and may even be true. The Andean myths contain sacred history and material testimony that reflect current events. – Publisher

160 pages with over 200 color photos

Enlightened and Cultural Reading

If you are searching for a book that ties together Andean mythology, Incan Historical Data and a new approach to those applications and relevancies into today, this book will impress you.

“The Sacred Valley of the Incas, is the newest addition to Andean myth and sacred symbolism with a unique cultural twist unexpected from a book of this genre. The Salazar brothers offer profound views of Andean myths that with the help of native shamans and historians, have been able to decode through the application of semiotics, aesthetics and archaeoastronomy”. – Healthy Warrior

Cobre Del Antiguo Peru / The Copper of Ancient Peru

A comprehensive source on Pre-Columbian Peruvian copper. Highly sought after by specialists and collectors.

Large hardcover 9.5” by 12” coffee table book. Offers a brilliant display of objects that have been chosen from premiere collections by well established authors to be artistic and informative, as well as representative of the important place that copper holds in Peruvian history. The work illustrates the sophisticated techniques and rich symbolism of the Pre-Columbian Peruvian copper in a beautiful hardbound volume with exquisite photography. Excellent material analysts on Copper but also includes Gold and Silver.

Paloma Carcedo Muro; José Antonio de Lavalle Vargas; Rosario de Lavalle de Cárdenas

This is an oversized heavy book in very good condition.

596 pp.; 207 color plates, interior glossary paper coating, index, biblio.. Text in Spanish and English. 1998. Cloth 23×30.5 cm.

Depicted on the dust jacket is the most feared Moche deity which goes by the name of Decapitator God. Mylar protector.

Note: We were fortunate to have acquired two of these unique pieces published in this book: Moche “Ai Apaec” Tumi  and Moche “Symbolic Erotic Scene” Tumi.

The World of Spirits in Pre-Columbian Ecuador

An elegant 17th century house on Cuenca Street in the historic center of Quito, long known as the Casa del Alabado (the House of Praise), is today an important museum of the same name. The Casa del Alabado Museum conserves some 5,000 archaeological objects created by the ancient peoples who occupied the territory known today as Ecuador and a finely honed selection of 500 pieces makes up the museum’s permanent exhibition. Here, through superb photographs and expert texts, this book brings this unique collection of Pre-Columbian art to a wider public, explaining the worldview and philosophy of indigenous Americans, in particular the importance of preserving life by maintaining the flow of cosmic energy and spiritual communication between the distinct worlds that made up their universe. The objects themselves, amazing in their aesthetic and technical excellence, are masterworks created by ancient artists in a range of raw materials.

By Ivan Cruz Cevallos

Pgs. 224

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture

A 5-volume set spans the centuries from the earliest civilizations of the Olmec, Maya, and Chavin to the present day. The region is broadly defined to include South America, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the historical Spanish borderlands north of the Rio Grande that are now part of the United States. The set emphasizes political, economic, and social history, yet does not overlook those elements of material and popular culture that have affected the history of Latin America.

Inca Quipu

Enigmatic Inca Quipu
Inca Quipu. Ca. 14th – 16th c.

The Andean corded communication system. The cord’s composition, ply, length, end treatment, and color were all significant factors in the quipu’s use and meaning.

This enigma is made of Cotton. Composed of a thicker, 32″/81.28 cm long Primary cord. It contains 65 pedant cords alternating in segmented tan and brown colors. Each pendant varies in length with strategically placed differing type knots representing numeric values.  According to Harvard University’s Quipu Data Base Project, there are approximately 600 Quipus in existence in museum, university and private collections around the world.

Private American collection. Ex. Alex del Canho collection, Israel. Howard S. Rose Gallery, NYC.

Olmec Were-Jaguar Mask

This exceptional were-jaguar mask was sculptured from the Olmec’s most favored jade stone. Rarest among transforming Were-Jaguar mask types. The mask is unique exhibiting both animal and human qualities in high relief. Notable for its characteristic upraised upper lip, bifurcated tongue, curved fangs and cleft forehead. Perforated almond shape crossed eyes (strabismus), pug nose and projecting thin elongated ears. Two pierced holes for suspension.

Mexico, ca. 900-600 B.C.  Very Rare mask in Jade – Investment piece.

Measures: 5.25”/13.33 cm H;  4”/10.16 cm W;  2.25”/5.71 cm D.; Over 7.25”/18.41 cm on custom upward projected metal stand.

Polished face with partly smooth back. No fractures. Completely intact in choice condition.

Provenance: L. Smyth, Florida. Acquired 1970s – 80s.

Accompanied by a hardbound CIRAM Scientific Analysts report attesting to its authenticity and Ruffner Art Advisory Fair Market Value report.

Appears in the advert section in the July/August 2020 issue of the Apollo – International Art Magazine; Dec/Jan 2020 issue of the Native American Art Magazine.

M-8 Mezcala Axe God

A symmetric Mezcala anthropomorphic Axe God figure. Type M-8. Carved from gray Metadiorite stone. Incised features and details indicated by grooving. A fine and very attractive semi- abstract piece. Sediment deposits throughout as found. Guerrero, Mexico. Ca 700 B.C. – 650 A.D. Measures: H. 7.625”/19.37 cm.

Mochica Seated Bound Prisoner

An extraordinarily and expressive wooden Moche III seated bound prisoner. Uniquely made from a piece of the Aphandra (mastodon palm) tree into a human Calero (lime container). His facial features are exaggerated and remarkable. Almond shaped eyes, made of shell with purple spondylus pupils. Large nose, ears and pointed head. Curled copper wired whiskers are also attached to his face and nacre (mother of pearl) applied all around the neckline. Unclothed with hands bound by rope behind his back. Head is removable which exposes the attached copper spatula and hollowed out lower body. The fearsome Moche capture their enemy and humiliated them by removing their clothing, parading them prior to sacrifice. Removal of his head could symbolize the tribute of taking a trophy head.

An outstanding piece of art history in wood rarely seen in an exceptional state of preservation and subject matter.

Size: 4″/10.16cm Unmounted – 6.25″/15.87cm Mounted

Condition: Near Choice. Natural wood separation on back. Pupil re-attached and expected copper oxidation under head where spatula is attached.

Mochica III 200-300AD

Chancay Mummy Bundle Mask

An excellent, robust Chancay Mummy Bundle Mask. Made from the Alder tree with uniformly applied gritty red cinnabar. Red is the color of the east, the rising sun and thus a sign of the resurrection to new life. Large rounded shaped head. Strong naturalistic facial features with diamond shaped eyes. Measures 12″/30.48cm in height unmounted. Central coastal region, Peru 1200-1470 AD. Exceptional and large.

Condition: Choice