Peru: Archaeologists unearth mass child sacrifice site

The skeletons of 56 children who had been ritually sacrificed during the period of the Chimu culture (1100-1400 AD) were unearthed by archaeologists in the Peruvian province of Trujillo on Friday. The skeletons were first discovered in early May, in the Pampa La Cruz sector of the Huanchaco district, Trujillo, and excavation works have been carried out ever since. Alongside the children's... Еще remains were the bones of 30 young llamas. Director of the Huanchaco Archaeological Program Gabriel Prieto Burmester explained that the sacrificial ritual had included first killing them and removing their hearts, before laying them to rest facing the sea. Only a few kilmoetres away in the Las Llamas sector, in Huanchaquito, an ancient burial site was discovered in April, thought to be the world's largest single case of child sacrifice. The site holds the remains of more than 140 children and 200 young llamas.

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