Researchers Uncover 15th-Century Mass Child Sacrifice
In a new study published in PLOS One, Peruvian archaeologists detailed the discovery of the remains of more than 140 children — and more than 200 young llamas — in what they believe was a ritual sacrifice during the peak of the Chimú civilization. The skeletons of the victims, ages 5 to 14, show evidence that executioners used a ceremonial knife to remove their hearts.
Why would they do this? Researchers theorize that the Chimú people may have wanted to satisfy their gods in order to prevent El Niño-linked flooding in Peru’s northern coastal region.
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