Pictures: Human Sacrifice Chamber Discovered in Peru

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 30, 2010   View Article

Found in Peru within a chamber used for an ancient human-sacrifice rite called the presentation, this woman was likely an offering to the site, archaeologists say.

Announced last week, the 197-foot-long (60-meter-long) sacrificial chamber or passageway at the Huaca Bandera archaeological site belonged to the Moche culture, a pre-Columbian agricultural civilization that flourished on the north coast of Peru from about 100 B.C. to AD 800.

The several burials found in the sacrifice chamber “are from a time apparently after the site had been abandoned but nevertheless continued to receive offerings to maintain the status of the elite sanctuary,” archaeologist Carlos Wester La Torre, leader of the excavation, said in an email translated from Spanish.

Related Posts

Drink Beer? Take Showers? Better Worry About West’s Snowpack

Hungry Planet: Can Big Data Help Feed 9 Billion Humans?

Toxic Algae Blooms to Persist on Lake Erie, Experts Say

As Californians Pump Groundwater, Land Sinks and Aquifers Shrink

Neonicotinoid Pesticide Linked to Decline of Birds (and Bees)

© 2008-2010 Collected Writings By John Roach