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Remains Of More Than 140 Children Who Were Sacrificed Found In Peru

They died 500 years ago in what may be the world's largest sacrificial killing of children, reported National Geographic.
Buried together, a child and a llama were part of a mass sacrificial killing that included more than 140 children and over 200 llamas in the Huanchaquito-Las Llamas site in coastal Peru near Trujillo. Source: Gabriel Prieto

Archaeologists discovered the remains of more than 140 children in Peru, children who they believe were sacrificed because of heavy rains.

Their skeletons were found on an excavated site formally known as Huanchaquito-Las Llamas — ground that was controlled by the Chimú Empire some 550 years ago, reported National Geographic in an exclusive published on Thursday.

Researchers believe that both boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 14 were killed by expert hands. The

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