Topic ID #37318 - posted 8/21/2016 6:58 PM

The Wari's grisly end—the fall of a South American empire



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In their heyday, the Wari honored their dead with fabric wrappings and funerary masks.

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The Wari's grisly end—the fall of a South American empire

When the end came for the first Andean empire, it wasn't pretty. The Wari state controlled most of the Peruvian highlands and coast, integrating disparate cultures and building a network of roads that the Inca would later repurpose for their own empire. But its collapse around 1000 C.E. amid a severe drought unleashed centuries of violence and deprivation, according to new research presented here last week at the World Congress on Mummy Studies.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/waris-grisly-end-fall-south-american-empire





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