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to excavate and explore the site, analysis of the finds is shedding new light on the Wari and their wealthy ruling class. Emerging from obscurity in Peru’s Ayacucho Valley by the seventh century a.d., the Wari rose to glory long before the Inca, in a time of re- peated drought and environmental crisis. They became master engineers, constructing aque- ducts and complex canal systems to irrigate their terraced fields. Near the modern city of Aya- cucho they founded a sprawling capital, known today as Huari. At its zenith Huari boasted a Archaeologist Miłosz Giersz measures the distance from the imperial tomb to pots damaged by looters. “They came very close to finding the tomb,” he says. 0mi 400 0km 400 Extent of Wari Empire influence, ca 800 NGM MAPS PACIFIC OCEAN El Castillo de Huarmey Huari Lima PERU COLOMBIA ECUA. BRAZIL BOL.