“More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago on a wind-swept bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow of what was then the sprawling capital of the Chimú Empire.”, National Geographic wrote.
These findings are a result of an investigation led by Gabriel Prieto of the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and John Verano of Tulane University. It is supported by grants from the National Geographic Society.
National Geographic confirms that human sacrifice incidents have been recorded in colonial-era Spanish chronicles, but this discovery is unprecedented, particularly because of the small scale of the Chimú civilization. “At its peak, the Chimú Empire controlled a 600-mile-long territory along the Pacific coast and interior valleys from the modern Peru-Ecuador border to Lima.”, they confirm.
The children’s ages ranged from 5 to 14, and the llamas were less than 18 months old. It is believed that all of these living beings were killed in a single event, based on the evidence from a dried mud layer.
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