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The Great Temple of Wari
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

A low D-shaped foundation (lit in the background) and a niched wall are all that remain of Vegachayoqmoqo, the largest temple complex yet found in the Wari Empire. Located in Wari, the empire’s capital city, Vegachayoqmoqo was excavated in the early 1980s. The city lies in Peru’s Ayacucho valley—once the heart of the Shining Path guerrilla movement, which kept foreign researchers out of the region for more than a decade. New studies are shedding light on what may have been one of the most influential cultures in the Andes.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji 100
Lens: 17-35mm zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 30 sec @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Dusk
Lighting Techniques: Four Nikon Sb26 flash units

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