Incas practiced ritual decapitation of enemies
Published on November 16th, 2009 | by Admin1
The director of Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, Washington Camacho, told Efe Friday that the heads found this week on Qowicarana ridge, an ancient ceremonial center north of Cuzco, could have been those of ancient chiefs or leaders of peoples who were enemies of the Incas.
For the archaeologist, the “trophy heads” could have been cut off “during a battle or in some other place after the capture of these “curacas” (chiefs of enemy peoples).
It is believed, Camacho said, that the offering of heads belonged to “the last phase of the Inca Empire,” in other words around 1500, probably “when Huayna Capac reigned.”