The Influence Of The Incas

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The achievements of the Incas were founded on the cultures of earlier Peruvian peoples that previously resided in the highlands of the Andes and on the Peruvian coast. These predecessors include the Chavin and the Moche civilizations. The latter in particular thrived between 100 and 800 C.E. along the northern coast of Peru. The Moche were able to use the rivers flowing out of the Andes to their advantage and create advanced irrigation systems to develop their agriculture. Each of their valleys housed a grand ceremonial center complete with pyramids and palaces surrounded by various communities of up to ten thousand. Moche artifacts display an exceptional amount of skill in pottery and metalwork, some of which include ceramic vessels and headdresses.

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