From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigationJump to searchThis article is about the historical civilization and city located near present-day Ayacucho. For the Province of the Ayacucho Region in Peru, see Huari Province. For the unrelated modern ethnic group and language, see Wari’.
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|6th century–10th century|
|Expansion and area of influence of the Wari Empire around 800 AD|
|Common languages||Quechua, others (Culli, Quignam, Aymara, Mochica)|
|Religion||Andean beliefs (Staff God)|
|Historical era||Middle Horizon|
|• Established||6th century|
|• Disestablished||10th century|
|Preceded bySucceeded byMoche cultureLima cultureNazca cultureWari Empire|
|Today part of||Peru|
Wari, as the former capital city was called, is located 11 km (6.8 mi) north-east of the modern city of Ayacucho, Peru. This city was the center of a civilization that covered much of the highlands and coast of modern Peru. The best-preserved remnants, beside the Wari Ruins, are the recently discovered Northern Wari ruins near the city of Chiclayo, and Cerro Baúl in Moquegua. Also well-known are the Wari ruins of Pikillaqta (“Flea Town”), a short distance south-east of Cuzco en route to Lake Titicaca.
However, there is still a debate whether the Wari dominated the Central Coast or the polities on the Central Coast were commercial states capable of interacting with the Wari people without being politically dominated by them.