Anthropology •  Archaeology and Latin America

Archaeological Research on the Islands of the Sun and Moon, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia: Final Results from the Proyecto Tiksi Kjarka

Edited by Charles Stanish
Edited by Brian S. Bauer

Beginning in 1994, the Proyecto Tiksi Kjarka conducted a complete survey of the Islands of the Sun and Moon in southern Lake Titicaca, along with test excavations of important Inca, Tiwanaku, and pre-Tiwanaku sites. This book provides the final results of this work on one of the most important locations in the circum-Titicaca Basin, with detailed survey and excavation data indispensable for Andeanists and other scholars interested in the development of complex political, economic, and ritual systems in prehistory.


Charles Stanish has worked in the Titicaca region for over 25 years in both Bolivia and Peru. He holds the Lloyd Cotsen Chair in Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Brian S. Bauer is professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


“Stanish and Bauer’s publication provides an excellent overview with selected details of survey and excavation of the islands…It is recommended to Andeanists and other scholars interested in early complex societies and their ritual systems.”

– Mary Glowacki, Antiquity 2005(79:303):229.


"The contributions of this monograph are manifold, and the questions that they provoke, as the editors state in their preface, should stimulate more systematic study of these major Andean sanctuaries."

– Benjamin Vining, Journal of Field Archaeology 2005(30):362-365


Published By The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press

8.5 x 11 in. 240 pages 201 figures, 11 tables