Mass grave of children and llamas found in Peru

Published on September 27th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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A mass grave containing the remains of 42 children and 76 llamas (or alpacas) has been found buried in a sand dune in Peru.

Prieto's team suspects the children were killed as part of a religious ceremony by the Chimú culture. Famed for irrigation advances, the Chimú occupied the northern and central coasts of Peru from about A.D. 1100 to 1500, when the culture was conquered by its neighbors, the Inca.

The newfound mass grave is just over half a mile (a kilometer) from the ancient Chimú capital of Chan Chan.

[tweetmeme][Full story] Story: Ker Than, National Geographic News | Photo: Mariana Bazo, Reuters

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