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Fire and war destroys ancient Peruvian society

Excavations of sites in Peru have revealed that war and a devastating fire ended the Taraco people.

Their results suggest Pukara waged a violent war against Taraco, possibly killing hundreds with their weapons before burning the state to the ground.

“In the century that Pukara peaked, the site of Taraco was attacked, and [it] ceased to be a political power in the region,” researcher Charles Stanish, director of UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, told LiveScience. “The inference that Pukara was responsible for the raid is extremely strong.”

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Story: Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience | Photo: Charles Stanish

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