Scientists say human sacrifice was common within the Incan culture, which flourished immediately before the arrival of the Spanish in what is now parts of Peru, Chile and Ecuador between 1400 and the mid-1500s.
“Most of the remains belong to young women, around 15 years of age. One of them appears to have been pregnant because in her abdomen, the collarbone of a fetus, probably around 4 months, was found,” Webster said of the latest find, made over the past year and a half.
“The majority (of the bodies) are in good condition — skin tissues and hair have been preserved. They were found in a dry area more than 7 feet underground,” he said.