Wakasand water, Julio César Tello's spiritual poetics of archaeology

Rupert Medd
  • Studies in Travel Writing, April 2015, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13645145.2015.1045189

What is it about?

Although focused on the Peruvian Andean region as a case study, the implications of human cultural attitudes toward the natural world, the importance of water and an appreciation of alternative ways of being in the world are of global importance. Using archaeology and travel writing, the article discusses the environmental relations of Peru's pre-Hispanic civilisations and how their achievements at managing water can inform the water issues/pressures that are emerging today.

Why is it important?

History is far more than a subject that examines bygone periods/times. This article discusses the alternative environmental relations of pre-Hispanic civilisations, and then shows how the historical evidence is of equal importance today - and to all nations in a world of climate change and resource scarcity.


Dr Rupert Medd

It was a lengthy study, involving travel and a holistic understanding of the Andean region and its history. My research was then further developed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network - a United Nations initiative - by exploring Planetary Boundaries, human opportunities and natural resource availability. The peer reviews were enthusiastic, both commending the telescoping of history to bring early attitudes and concerns to the forefront of today's environmental thinking.

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