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The Lost City

By Henry Shukman

The Lost City
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2008,
    336 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2009,
    336 pages.

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The Chacapoyas

Jackson's search for La Joya (pronounced la hoi-ya) is a search any of us could embark on, but we might find it more expedient to visit one of the easier to locate Chachapoya sites. The Chachapoyas, the Warriors of the Clouds, lived in the Andes in what  is now Northern Peru - and La Joya, one of many ruined Chachapoyan cities, can be visited today along with other ancient sites (map of the region). It is believed that the Chachapoyas tribe lived in the region from about the 9th-10th century. They were conquered by the Incas in the 16th century who gave them the name 'chachapoyas'; their original name is unknown.

Their origin is also unknown and somewhat mysterious - evidence indicates that they had different architecture and burial practices than other Amazonian tribes. In The Lost City, Padre Beltran shows Jackson and Sarah two ...

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