Huari (archaeological site)

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Huari[1] or Wari[2] is an archaeological site located near the town of Quinua, 22 km northeast of the city of Ayacucho, in the Ayacucho Region, Peru at an elevation between 2600 and 2900 meters.[2] It was the capital city of the Huari Empire and one of the largest urban settlements in ancient Peru.[2]

Tomb at Wari ruins near Ayacucho.jpg
A tomb at Huari
Huari (archaeological site) is located in Peru
Huari (archaeological site)
Shown within Peru
Location Peru
Huamanga Province, Ayacucho
Coordinates13°03′38″S 74°11′56″W / 13.06056°S 74.19889°W / -13.06056; -74.19889Coordinates: 13°03′38″S 74°11′56″W / 13.06056°S 74.19889°W / -13.06056; -74.19889
Founded400 AD
Abandoned1000 AD
PeriodsMiddle Horizon
CulturesHuari culture


Huari was founded ca. 400 AD and gained prominence around 550 AD.[1] At its height, the city was inhabited by around 70,000 people[1][2] from different cultures, making it the center of a new religion that synthesized the beliefs of those various peoples.[1] The city was abandoned ca. 1000 AD.[1]


The archaeological site spans an area of 2000 hectares, and comprises several areas or neighborhoods.[2] Buildings are made of stone and mudbrick, and painted in red and white.[2] Many of the structures had residential, administrative or religious purposes.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Jennings, Justin (2010). Globalizations and the Ancient World. Cambridge University Press. pp. 99, 103–105, 118.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "COMPLEJO ARQUEOLÓGICO WARI" (in Spanish). Mincetur. Retrieved 2018-09-20.

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