Mass grave with more than 25 skeletons of men, women and children dating back to the 15th century is found in the ancient Peruvian city Chan Chan: Burial site could be a resting place for elite members

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  • Mass grave was found in the ancient city of Chan Chan in what is now Peru
  • Experts uncover 25 to 30 skeletons of men, women and children
  • Most of the remains are of women who were not over the age of 30 at the time of death
  • The relics belong to members of the Chimu Kingdom, which reached its peak in the 15th century and were also known for their human sacrifices.
  • Experts maintain that the mass grave, however, was a graveyard for elite members.

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A mass grave containing 25 to 30 skeletons has been unearthed in the ancient Peruvian city of Chan Chan, which archaeologists believe is the resting place of elite members of society.

The remains were discovered in a small space of only 107 square feet, about 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, which was once the capital of the Chimo Kingdom, which reached its height in the 15th century before falling to the Incas in 1470 AD Was. ,

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Archaeologist George Menese told Reuters that although this ancient society is known for human sacrifice, there is no evidence that it took place at the site.

However, the researchers plan to conduct tests to determine the cause of death of each person in the future.

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A mass grave containing 25 to 30 skeletons has been unearthed in the ancient Peruvian city of Chan Chan, which archaeologists believe is the resting place of elite members of society.

The Chimu was a pre-Incan culture that descended from the remains of the Moche culture off the coast of Peru in AD 900.

These ancient people lived in a strip of desert 20 to 100 miles across, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, in a South American country.

The Chimu culture is thought to have peaked in the first half of the 14th century, developing a complex civilization with varying levels of social hierarchy.

Most of the mass graves found in and around the ancient city were the result of human sacrifice, but Menez said the position of these 25 to 30 skeletons suggests that they were buried shortly after the person died.

The remains were found in a small space of only 107 square feet, about 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, located inside the capital of the Chimo Kingdom, which reached its height in the 15th century.

The remains were found in a small space of only 107 square feet, about 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, located inside the capital of the Chimo Kingdom, which reached its height in the 15th century.

Archaeologist George Menese told Reuters that although this ancient society is known for human sacrifices, there is no evidence that the site contained skeletons of men, women and children.

Archaeologist George Menese told Reuters that although this ancient society is known for human sacrifices, there is no evidence that the site contained skeletons of men, women and children.

Archaeologist Cynthya Cueva said Video Shot at the scene revealed that although the remains are of men, women and children, most of the women are not over the age of 30.

The Chimo Kingdom is famous for human sacrifices, especially the one uncovered in 2019 which is by far the largest empire in the world.

More than 140 children, along with lamas, are believed to be mass sacrifices to appease the gods of an extinct religion.

The hearts of many children and adolescent animals were cut off during this horrific ritual.

The children were between five and 14 years old.

Archaeologist Cynthya Cueva said in a video shot at the site that although the remains are of men, women and children, most of the women are not over the age of 30.

Archaeologist Cynthya Cueva said in a video shot at the site that although the remains are of men, women and children, most of the women are not over the age of 30.

The Chimu was a pre-Incan culture that descended from the remains of the Moche culture off the coast of Peru in 900AD

The Chimu was a pre-Incan culture that descended from the remains of the Moche culture off the coast of Peru in 900AD

It is believed that a massive El Nio caused major floods and storms that resulted in bloody sacrifices.

The remains of more than 200 juvenile llamas and humans analyzed date back to about 1450 during the peak of the Chimu civilization in northern coastal Peru.

More than 140 children, along with lamas, are believed to be mass sacrifices to appease the gods of an extinct religion.  The hearts of many children and adolescent animals were cut off during the horrific ritual

More than 140 children, along with lamas, are believed to be mass sacrifices to appease the gods of an extinct religion. The hearts of many children and adolescent animals were cut off during the horrific ritual

Study author John Verano, Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University, said: ‘This site opens a new chapter on the practice of child sacrifice in the ancient world.

‘This archaeological discovery was a surprise to all of us – we had not seen anything like it before, and there is no suggestion from ethno-historical sources or historical accounts of child or camel sacrifices being performed on such a scale in northern coastal Peru. Was.

‘We were fortunate that we were able to have a multidisciplinary field and laboratory team to fully excavate the site and to conduct the excavation and preliminary analysis of the material.’

Who Were the Chimu People of Ancient Peru?

The Chimu was a pre-Incan culture that descended from the remains of the Moche culture off the coast of Peru in 900AD. It was the largest pre-Columbian empire in Peru until the Inca.

The Chimu people lived in a strip of desert 20 to 100 miles (30 to 160 km) wide between the Pacific and the Andes.

The Chimo culture is thought to have emerged in the first half of the 14th century, a complex civilization with varying levels of social hierarchy.

They built cities and large irrigation systems according to Britannica.

The culture was dominated by agriculture, although they are now also known for their luxurious textiles and pottery Famous for its black porcelain and intricately worked precious metals.

Chimu is believed to have survived fishing and worshiped the Moon, believing it to be more powerful than the Sun.

Archaeologists believe that they practiced ritual sacrifice.

Around 1470 AD, the Inca ruler Tupac Inca Yupanqui conquered Chimu. The Inca later assimilated many of their practices, including political organization, irrigation systems, and road engineering.

Yupanqui’s rule was short-lived, however, as the region was conquered by the Spanish in 1534 AD.

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