Archaeologists Unearthed At Least 227 Slaughtered Children in Peru

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Archaeologists Unearthed At Least 227 Slaughtered Children in Peru

 

Archeologists were excavating the coastal desert of the north of Lima, Peru when they unearthed the skeletal remains of 227 children. They were found facing the sea in a town of Huanchaco, Peru, a society that emerged around the year 900. This city served as a port favored by the pre-Colombian Chimú culture. According to BBC, a British public service broadcaster, the Chimú was regarded as one of the region’s most powerful civilizations. 

 

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The remains, aged between five to 14, were likely buried in the site from 600 to 800 years ago. Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture, and history, reported on the discovery. "Wherever you dig, there's another one," the site’s chief archeologist Feren Castillo said. It was believed that these children were sacrificed to appease the Chimú's god decades ago. 

 

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The children were killed as offerings to the gods who controlled the El Niño phenomenon, a semiannual climate cycle that can result in hurricanes and cataclysmic storms in South America. Archeologists stated that some of the bodies still had hair and skin when they were discovered. There are also signs that the kids were killed during wet weather. However, the year the incident took place is still unclear. Castillo stated that the burial site is nearly the same with the nearby burial grounds where large groups of children were seemingly marched to the coast. They were stabbed in the chest one by one and buried in a mass grave. 

 

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This is not the first time that a child burial site was discovered. In 2016, the remains of 140 children were found at the nearby Chimú burial site of Huanchaquito. The children, aged five to 14, were found with their chests cut open. Some of them had their hearts removed. 

 

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