May 26, 2012

Mass Burial Site Discovered in Peru

A tomb containing more than 80 human skeletons and mummies -- including numerous infants -- has been unearthed in pre-conquest Peru.

Inside were a dozen newborn babies and infants, each buried around the perimeter,‭ with their heads pointing towards the tomb.

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Archaeologist Peter Eeckhout said: 'The ratio adult/children is unusually elevated at this burial.

'We have, at this stage, two hypotheses: human sacrifice or stocking of babies dead from natural causes, kept until their disposal in the tomb because of its special character.'

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The area is known as one of the largest Pre-Hispanic sites in South America, and an important religious, ceremonial, political and economic center.

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