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Peru: remains of 227 children sacrificed during special rituals

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A new discovery is the largest of its kind since the search began in the region, reached by archaeologists in Peru, where they found the remains of 227 children presented as a sacrifice during a special ritual at a site used by the civilization of Chimo.

Archaeologists have been digging since last year at this huge site in Huanchaco, a seaside tourist city north of Lima, where the Chimo civilization stretched along Peru’s northern coast but disappeared in 1475 after being overthrown by the Inca Empire.

“This is the largest site where the remains of children who were presented as sacrificial animals were found,” chief scientist Ferren Castillo told AFP.

He said the remains belonged to children between the ages of four and 14, who were presented as sacrifices during special rituals to calm the anger of the gods of Chimo. “They thought they were responsible for the natural disasters associated with El Niño.

Scientists have also found signs of heavy rain at the time of sacrifice.

Castillo said they were expected to find more remains, saying: “Everywhere you dig you find children.”

The children were found in a position facing the sea.

Huanchaco was a site where many children were presented as sacrifices during the Chimo Empire. A mass grave of 56 children was discovered in June 2018 at a site in the Pampa La Cruz neighborhood, close to Huanchaco, where the remains of 140 children and 200 Lama were found in April of the same year.

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