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Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru


Archaeologists have discovered the remains of more than 50 children who were ritually sacrificed by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture on the northern coast of what is now Peru.

Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Credit: Reuters
The site is close to another where evidence of the biggest-ever sacrifice of children — more than 140 — was found. But the most recent discovery may be even bigger.

Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Credit: Reuters
“So far we have found the remains of 56 children who were sacrificed by the Chimu culture,” archaeologist Gabriel Prieto said. “At this new site, we can easily double the number of remains we found in Huanchaquito,” he said, referring to the site where over 140 dead were found.

Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Credit: Reuters
The new sacrifice site was discovered in the Pamapa La Cruz area in Huanchaco, a coastal district of Trujillo, Peru’s third-largest city.

Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Credit: Reuters
Prieto said that the remains of the children, who were 6 to 14 years old, were found in early May wrapped in cotton shrouds facing the sea, a kilometer north of Huanchaquito.

Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Credit: Reuters
“The interesting thing is that they were sacrificed with a cut in the sternum and display opened ribs like in Huanchaquito,” which reinforces the idea that “Huanchaco was a place where massive sacrifices of children were made during the Chimu culture,” he said.

Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Second Pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
Credit: Reuters
In Huanchaquito, the remains of over 140 children and 200 llamas slain some 550 years ago were discovered, National Geographic reported in late April.


Those excavations date back to 2011, when the remains of 42 children and 76 llamas were discovered in a 3,500-year-old temple, according to the report.

Source: AFP [June 09, 2018]

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