April 16, 2019

Ritually Sacrificed and Adorned Guinea Pigs Uncovered at an Inca Site in Peru

100 ritually sacrificed guinea pigs dressed in jewelry and wrapped in tiny rugs have been found at the Inca site of Tambo Viejor in southern Peru. They are dated at 1600 CE. The remains were found next to a plaza and buried under buildings. This is the first find of adorned guinea pigs. They appear to have been killed by asphyxiation, probably buried alive.

Archaeology News Network has the report with photos here;
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/04/ritually-sacrificed-guinea-pigs-adorned.html#fCliP18D3Qzg3xfk.97

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