1,200-year-old remains of six sacrificed women found in Peru
Peruvian archaeologists have announced an important discovery; a temple located in Lambayeque that demonstrates cultural links between pre-Inca cultures.
|The remains of six women who appear to have been killed in ritual sacrifice at a secret compound beneath a |
1,200-year-old ceremonial temple have been unearthed [Credit: CEN/Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan]
“We have discovered a ceremonial temple of 1,200 years of antiquity that used to serve as a secret compound where priests performed sacrifices of women for their gods,” said Édgar Bracamonte, according to Andina news agency.
|The temple compound appears to have had platforms and a central ramp, which was covered with earth and was found |
to contain a large quantity of offerings which had presumably been left to honour the gods
[Credit: CEN/Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan]
The skulls of the skeletons are all situated so they’re facing the Andes, and are oriented completely differently than the men found in Mochica and Lambayeque sites.
“This finding [the temple] is very important because it reveals a close relationship between the Moche and Lambayeque cultures,” said Bracamonte.
In northern Peru, the Moche culture developed between years 100 and 700 AD; Cajamarca between 200 and 800 AD, and Wari between 500and 900 AD. Finally, Lambayeque formed between 700 and 1375 AD.
Author: Hillary Ojeda | Source: Peru this Week [January 27, 2016]