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Remains of 140 children were found on location, which could be the biggest mass victim in history: Report



Archeologists in Peru may have found the largest single child victim in world history

Archeologists have unearthed the remains of more than 140 children and 200 young lamas from a seemingly ritual sacrifice 550 years ago, on a cliff along the north coast, National reported Geographic on Thursday

"I never expected that," says John Verano, a physicist with several decades of experience in the region. "And I do not think anyone else would have done that either."

The archaeological site, officially known as "Huanchaquito-Las Llamas", is less than half a mile from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chan Chan.

At the time of the alleged sacrifice, the area was under the little-known Chimú Empire. By the end of the century, the Chimú Empire had fallen under the rule of the more well-known Inca Empire.

  Archaeological students clean excavated remains of 42 children and 74 camelids sacrificed 800 years ago and found in the fishing town of Huanchaquito, Trujillo, September 13, 2011. The massive sacrifice was part of a religious ceremony of pre-Inca Chimu culture for the fertility of the ocean and the country, and it represents the most important discovery regarding the human and animal sacrifices of Chimu culture in terms of the number of unearthed individuals, according to Oscar Gabriel Prieto, chief archaeologist of the archaeological project. Image taken September 13, 2011. REUTERS / Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: RELIGION SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY RELIGION TRAVEL COMPANY) - GM1E79G0HBA01

In this 2011 photo, archaeological students clean the remains of children and young lamas in the fishing town of Huanchaquito, Trujillo.

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The site was first discovered by excavators in 2011, when locals discovered eroded human remains in the area. At that time, the remains of only 42 children and 76 llamas were found.

Until 2016, the remains of 140 children and 200 young lamas were discovered on the site. Radiocarbon dating determined the date of the alleged victim between 1400 and 1450.

The condition of the remains suggests that the children had suffered cuts to the sternum and rib dislocations to remove their hearts.

  The remains of a child are seen Part of the 42 children and 74 camelids who were sacrificed about 800 years ago in the fishing town of Huanchaquito, Trujillo, September 13, 2011. Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of 42 children and 74 camelids, who were part of a massive sacrifice of pre-Inca Chimu culture for the fertility of the ocean and the country, and it represents the most important discovery related to human and human life animal victims of the Chimu culture in terms of the number of people excavated, according to Oscar Gabriel Prieto, chief archaeologist of the archaeological project. Reception September 13, 2011. REUTERS / Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: RELIGION SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY RELATIONS) - GM1E79G0I5F01

Discovered in 2011, the archaeological site on the north coast of Peru has provided evidence for Peru's largest known mass sacrifice history.

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The children, boys and girls, ranged from five to fourteen years, evidence shows. Based on the mud layers on the site, archaeologists believe the sacrificial ritual was a single event.

Site research is underway with financial support from the National Geographic Society.

Bradford Betz is an editor on Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.


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