Archaeologists exploring an area of north Peru formerly inhabited by the Chimu civilization have found the remains of 132 children, evidence of one of the largest human sacrifices in world history.
The remains, along with those of 260 young llamas, were found near the coastal town of Huanchaco, about 352 miles northwest of Lima, El Comercio reported Tuesday.
“This is about four sacrifice events carried out between 1200 and 1520, or one per century. This shows that even after the Inca conquest they continued with human sacrifices,” archaeologist Gabriel Prieto told the newspaper. . .
Last April, National Geographic reported a different finding of 137 children and 206 llamas in the Huanchaquito-Las Llamas area, located about a mile away from the new discovery. . .
The Chimu, their capital in Chan Chan, created the second-largest empire in the history of the ancient Andes. It’s known for its architecture and gold artworks. They also built an extensive irrigation system using canals that made it possible to cultivate desert areas. (Read more from “Remains of 132 Sacrificed Children Found in Peru” HERE)