April 27, 2018

Archaeologists Find Possible Child Sacrifices at a Chimu Site in Peru

Archaeologists working at the Sican and Chimu site of Chotuna-Chornancap in Peru have found a dozen tombs suggesting human sacrifice in 17 graves dating back 600-700 years. There was one high status burial found, and it is not unusual to find individuals sacrificed to the noble at the time of the funeral or thereafter. Many of the buried are children. Six children were found in paired graves to the north, east, and west of the temple at the site, two were footless. They may have been sacrificed as guardians to the main tomb.. Other graves had adult men and women with bone damage that was like other sacrificed victims of the era. Fifty individuals were buried in the graves. Some of the children had their rib cages opened to possibly tear out the hearts of the victims.

Clay pottery a smiling man sculpture, and a vessel depicting a person chewing coca leaves, ceramics with maritime themes, coastal animals, and geometric shapes, reflecting the connection to the sea felt by the ancient culture, and fishing tools such as weights, hooks and needles have also been found have been found as grave offerings.

Live Science has the report here;

And the Daily Mail has its usual good photos and a video;

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Andean Cultures from the Paracas to the Inca Magazine

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