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Ancient imperial sacrificial site excavated in China

A sacrificial site used by emperors during the Qin and Wstern Han dynastics (221 B.C. - 24 A.D.) has been excavatd in Fengxiang, China. The ancient sacrificial site, named Yongshan Blood Pool, is located in Fengxiang, about 15 kilometers southeast of the Yongcheng ruins, which is believed to have been the

Ancient Egyptians bred birds of prey

A new study has found that ancient Egyptians bred birds of prey for use as offerings to the gods. Lead author Salima Ikram said: "The idea of birds of prey being bred to the extent of being kept and force-fed is new. Until now, the sheer number of raptor mummies had

Cave lion bones may be evidence of Stone Age sacrifice

A large quantity of ancient cave lion bones found in the Ural Mountains may be evidence of Stone Age sacrifice. The find was made in Imanai cave, in the Russian republic of Bashkiria, and it is causing excitement among Russian archeologists. In the excavation of a small area deep inside the

Remains of sacrificed Thracian children found

The remains of three children believed to have been sacrificed by the Thracians in the 6th century B.C. have been found in southwest Bulgaria. The skeleton of a third child sacrificed by Ancient Thracians has been discovered by Bulgarian archaeologists in the same ritual pit at the prehistoric site near Bulgaria’s

Peruvian dig unearths child sacrifices

Archaeologists working in Peru have unearthed the remains of 42 children and 76 llamas who were sacrificed 600 years ago. Their latest excavation uncovered numerous additional sacrificial victims, which will allow for a more detailed reconstruction of this unusual event, Verano said. The researchers think that the sacrifice may have been

Remains of sacrificial victim found at Moche Temple

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

400 different animal species found in Templo Mayor offerings

An analysis of animal remains found in 60 offerings at the Great Temple of Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City) in Mexico have revealed that over 400 animal species were sacrificed, ranging from crocodiles to jaguars. The scientists have recovered, “for example, fish from coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, reptiles including crocodiles,

Ancient mass grave found drained Mexican lake.

More than 150 skulls have been found in a drained lake near Mexico, complete with vertebra attached. Archaeologists are hypothesizing that they may have been victims of a mass sacrifice. Carbon dating suggested that the skulls were at least 1,100 years old, and the few dozen analyzed so far are mostly