According to the archaeologist in charge of this excavation, evidence indicates that the children were sacrificed.
A total of 56 skeletons of children sacrificed during the period of the Chimú culture were found in an area of 800 m2, in the Pampa La Cruz sector, in the district of Huanchaco, province of Trujillo.
El Comercio explained that these remains would have been buried between 1200 and 1400 AD. In addition, there were also remains of 30 young llamas less than a year old around the human bodies.
“Trujillo archeologist Gabriel Prieto Burmester, director of the Huanchaco Archaeological Program, told El Comercio that this finding allows defending the theory that Huanchaco was ‘an unprecedented place of human sacrifice in the history of the world’”, you can read in this media.
This year the skeletal remains of more than 140 children and 200 young llamas were also discovered in the Las Llamas sector in Huanchaquito, not too far away from this discovery.
Prieto also assures that the evidence indicates that these deaths were the product of sacrifices. Nevertheless, it has not yet been possible to determine the sex of the children or their social class.
“There is no evidence of sick children, but they were in good health, which suggests that they were from middle or high class, however, no artifacts, offerings or necklaces that indicate social differentiation were found,” Trujillo said to El Comercio.
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