The team of Japanese and Peruvian archaeologists found the remains of nine men who were sacrificed as part of a ritual. In a separate area, they discovered a tomb believed to have belonged to an elite member of the Sican culture, which pre-dated the Incas and lived on Peru’s north coast between 750 and 1375 AD. Both tombs were surrounded by ceramic vessels and ceremonial knives.
Archaeologist Go Matsumoto told Reuters: “They are bodies that were sacrificed. They’re men, all are men. They were about 25 or 30 years of age and I think they were sacrificed during the Middle Sican period so they are from the Lambayeque Culture, more or less a thousand years old.”
Story: David Sim, IBT | Photo: Pierre Cobos/Reuters