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Beyond a few ceramic beer jugs and stirring paddles left behind that point to ritual drinking, little else is known about the sacrifice.More analysis could help the researchers uncover who these children were and why they were victims of this Chimú ritual.
Child sacrifices of this magnitude are unprecedented not only in this region, but in the world, the researchers say.
The researchers pieced together what they know so far in a paper published online in Anthropologist John Verano, who assisted with the excavation and analysis, said the death toll alone suggests that the Chimú performed the sacrifices in response to a catastrophic event.
A number of other Chimú sacrificial sites have been found in the area, but none were exclusively devoted to children.“We never expected to find a sacrifice site like this.
The remains of nearly 140 children dating to the year 1450 have been unearthed along the northern coast of Peru.
Archaeologists say the burial is the site of the largest known mass child sacrifice in the world.