Archeologists in Peru unearthed 227 bodies from a site used by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture is the biggest-ever discovery of sacrificed children. Officials were digging since last year at Huanchaco, a beachside tourist town north of the capital Lima.
“This is the biggest site where the remains of sacrificed children have been found,” chief archeologist Feren Castillo told AFP.
Castillo said the children were aged between four and 14 were sacrificed in a ritual to honor the Chimu culture’s gods. “They were sacrificed to appease the El Nino phenomenon,” as signs show of them being killed during wet weather. He fears that more skeletons could be found buried.
“It’s uncontrollable, this thing with the children. Wherever you dig, there’s another one,” Castillo added.
The children’s remains were found in a position facing the sea. Some still had skin and hair. Huanchaco was a site where many child sacrifices took place during the time of the Chimu culture, whose apogee was between 1200 and 1400.
Archeologists first found children’s bodies at the dig site in the town’s Pampa la Cruz neighborhood in June 2018, unearthing 56 skeletons. Pampa la Cruz is a short distance from Huanchaquito, where the remains of 140 sacrificed children and 200 llamas were found in April 2018.
The Chimu civilization extended along the Peruvian coast to Ecuador but disappeared in 1475 after it was conquered by the Inca empire.
Source : Various