Cerro Patapo ruins
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The Cerro Patapo ruins or Northern Wari ruins are the remains of an entire city located close to the modern city of Chiclayo, Peru. Primarily of Wari (Huari) nature, the discovery was announced on 16 December 2008. The ruins are located from Chiclayo and stretch over . The ruins present the first evidence of Wari influence found in Northern Peru. The pre-Columbian civilization was predominantly based in south Peru between the 7th and 12th centuries.
In August 2008, archeologists at the Huaca Pucllana ruins in Lima (located some south of Chiclayo) discovered a mummy that is also thought to be Wari.
The city was part of the Wari Empire that ruled parts of the Andes mountains in Peru between the 7th and 12th centuries AD. The site is remarkably well preserved. The ruins are expected to help fill the gap in knowledge about pre-Columbian South America, which was dominated by the Wari culture and the earlier Moche culture. The Moche empire began at AD 100 and perished around AD 600.
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