If the ancient mountaintop city in southern Peru was the vanished
Wari empire’s unique imperial showplace, the brewery was its
piece de resistance.
This one of the shawl pins found on the floor of a 1,000-year-old
brewery built by the Wari empire high in the Andes mountains of
Peru. The finding suggests the brewers who made the brew -- based
on a pepper tree berry and known today as chicha -- were wealthy
women of the highest social class.
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