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Aztec Wolf burial unearthed in Mexico City

The remains of a wolf sacrificed 500 years ago has been found in Mexico City. A sacrificial wolf elaborately adorned with some of the finest Aztec gold ever found and buried more than five centuries ago has come to light in the heart of downtown Mexico City, once home to the

Canaanites imported animals from Egypt

New evidence has been found that suggests that 5,000 year ago ancient Canaanites imported and sacrificed animals from Egypt. A donkey, as well as some sheep and goats whose remains were found in Early Bronze Age layers at Gath dating to 4900 years ago turn out to have been born and

Peruvian child sacrifices result of social inequality

New evidence has been found which suggests that the Muchik ethnic group in Peru exercised child sacrifice to solidify their cultural identify in an area dominated by another ethnic group, the Sicán. To investigate the role of ritual sacrifice in the Middle Sicán period, researchers examined 81 skeletons at the

Carthaginian children weren’t sacrificed

A recently completed study has debunked the millennia-old myth that children were sacrificed in ancient Carthage. [Thx Saturn via] An examination of the remains of Carthaginian children revealed that most infants perished prenatally or very shortly after birth and were unlikely to have lived long enough to be

Mythical temple found in Peru

A thousand year old temple complex has been found in northwestern Peru, near the city of Chiclayo. The discovery of the complex, excavated near the city of Chiclayo between 2006 and late 2009, has injected a dose of reality into the legend of Naylamp, the god who supposedly founded the pre-Inca

Zeus’ Altar of Ashes

Excavations at the Sanctuary of Zeus on top of Mount Lyakion in Greece have revealed the first documented mountaintop shrine from the ancient Greek world. Ritual ceremonies were conducted in a part of the open-air sanctuary called the ash altar of Zeus. It now consists of a mound of ash, stone

Evidence of mass cannibalism at Neolithic site in Germany

New analysis of human bones found at a Neolithic site in Germany have led researchers to conclude that people had been butchered and eaten there. At a settlement in what is now southern Germany, the menu turned gruesome 7,000 years ago. Over a period of perhaps a few decades, hundreds of

Remains of youngest Moche noble found at Sipán

The remains of a 21-year-old Moche nobleman have been found next to a decorated Moche pyramid at Sipán, Peru. Millones has taken bone samples from the skeleton’s right foot, which have been sent to a lab in the US where they will undergo DNA analysis and Carbon 14 dating to determine