An American Inca

Portrait of Life Changes

Huari Culture


Huari culture developed existed during the years of 600 to 1100 after Christ, in the area of Ayacucho, where it began to develop a tradition of urban centers linked to the Nazca culture. This culture began its expansion towards the north, south and west, and before long, the central region of Peru was under Huari's influence.
Huari developed as a very important city. It was surrounded by walled enclosures with two or three story buildings. The Huari city had capacity to approximately 70 thousand people, although it is believed that the population was not over 21 thousand inhabitants. Half the town was used as a residence, and the other was used for administrative and religious duties.

In its greatest expansion, Huari came to Sichuan to the south and Cajamarca in the north. The Huari organization became the model for the Incas, as they had a centralized political organization, had organized cities as symbols of power, in addition to having an efficient system of roads, storage and redistribution.


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