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Remains of sacrificial victim found at Moche Temple

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The remains of a sacrificed woman have been found underneath a ceremonial courtyard at the Moche temple of Cao Viejo in Peru.

The archaeologist in charge of excavating the complex, Regulo Franco, said “it came as quite a surprise to find a woman, and even more to see she was buried in the prone position with her head toward the west in the direction of the sea, and with one of her arms extended, a very abnormal position” because it is unlike any known until now.

The human sacrifices found in archaeological centres of the Moche culture, extant between the 1st and 8th centuries AD on Peru’s northern coast, were men and in the supine position.

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Story: AAP | Photo: EPA

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