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The Wari—Foundations of the Inca Empire?

Lecture no. 14 from the course: Lost Worlds of South America

The Wari—Foundations of the Inca Empire?

Taught by Professor Edwin Barnhart | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Here, track the remarkable innovations of the Wari culture, highlighting its walled cities, paved road systems, large-scale livestock herding, and ingenious form of terraced agriculture. Examine the evidence of satellite communities of the Wari and the question of whether Wari expansion constituted empire building or a more benign diffusion of culture.


December 3, 2015
In the 'land of the Inca' it is easy to forget that culture followed culture for thousands of years and each seemed to borrow from the one that went before. In fact often the civilization that went before were the grandparents of the new civilization. The Wari seem to have deeded the Inca with many of the technologies and ideas that the Spanish discovered on first contact.