Nevertheless, scientists now hold the theory that this event might have been linked to the El Niño event.
One of the site’s archaeologist, Gabriel Prieto, said that this sacrifice could have taken place to halt the catastrophic weather associated with El Niño.
“El Niño is a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns (…) it begins when warm water in the western tropical Pacific Ocean shifts eastward along the equator toward the coast of South America. Normally, this warm water pools near Indonesia and the Philippines. During an El Niño, the Pacific’s warmest surface waters sit offshore of northwestern South America,” Live Science explains.
Prieto believes that the sacrifice was made to the gods to stop the devastating rains and floods. The children were killed with a knife to the chest and buried, which was unusual for the Chimú culture, who burned their dead in an upright position.
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.
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