A mass grave contains more than 25 bones of children, men and women dating back to 15 centuries is located in Chan Chan, an ancient Peruvian town. This burial site may be used as a place of rest for the elite.

  • In what is now Peru, the mass grave was discovered in Chan Chan, an ancient Chinese city.
  • Experts uncovered 25 to 30 skeletons belonging to men, women and children 
  • Many of the remains are from women under 30 years old at the time of their death.
  • The remains are of members of the Chimú empire that reached its height in the 15th century and was also known for its human sacrifices
  • However, experts believe the mass grave was an elite burial site. 










A mass grave of 25 to 30 skeletons has been unearthed in the ancient Peruvian city of Chan Chan, which archaeologists believe is the resting place of the society’s elite members.

The remains were discovered in a small space measuring just 107 square feet, roughly 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, located inside what was once the capital of the Chimú empire that reached its height in the 15th century before falling to the Incas in 1470 AD.

Jorge Menese an archaeologist told Reuters, that even though this site is well-known for the practice of human sacrifices in ancient societies, no evidence suggests that it occurred.

However, researchers plan to conduct tests in the future to determine each of the individual’s cause of death.

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A mass grave of 25 to 30 skeletons has been unearthed in the ancient Peruvian city of Chan Chan, which archaeologists believe is the resting place of the society’s elite members

A mass grave of 25 to 30 skeletons has been unearthed in the ancient Peruvian city of Chan Chan, which archaeologists believe is the resting place of the society’s elite members

The Chimú were a pre-Incan culture that emerged out of the remnants of the Moche culture along the coast of Peru in 900 AD.

The ancient inhabitants lived between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean in an area of desert 20-100 miles from the country’s border with South America.

It’s thought that the Chimú culture peaked in the first half of the 14th century, developing a complex civilization with different levels of social hierarchy.

The majority of mass graves discovered in or around the city’s ancient capital were the result of human suffering. Menese stated that the positions of these 25-30 skeletons suggests they were placed shortly after death.

The remains were discovered in a small space measuring just 107 square feet, roughly 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, located inside what was once the capital of the Chimú empire that reached its height in the 15th cent

The remains were discovered in a small space measuring just 107 square feet, roughly 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, located inside what was once the capital of the Chimú empire that reached its height in the 15th cent

Archaeologist Jorge Menese told Reuters that although this ancient society is known for human sacrifices, there is no evidence suggesting this at the site that contains skeletons of men, women and children

Jorge Menese an archaeologist told Reuters, “While this society was once known for their human sacrifices,” there’s no evidence to suggest that this is the case at the site that has skeletons from men, women, and children.

Sinthya Cueva, archaeologist, stated in a video taken at the site, that while the remains of children and men are found, the majority are females younger than thirty.

The Chimú empire is famous for human sacrifices, specifically one uncovered in 2019 that is the largest the world has ever seen.

It is believed that more than 140 children and llamas were slaughtered as part of an elaborate mass sacrifice made to please the gods of an now extinct religion.

During the ritual, many children and young animals were forced to have their hearts broken.

Children ranged from 5 to 14 years of age.

Archaeologist Sinthya Cueva said in a video shot at the site that although the remains are of men, women and children, most are women no older than 30

Sinthya Cueva, archaeologist, stated in a video taken at the site, that while the remains of children and men are found, the majority are females no more than thirty years old.

The Chimú were a pre-Incan culture that emerged out of the remnants of the Moche culture along the coast of Peru in 900AD

The Chimú were a pre-Incan culture that emerged out of the remnants of the Moche culture along the coast of Peru in 900AD

It is thought a huge El Niño caused major flooding and storms which triggered the bloody sacrifice.

Analysis of the remains of more than 200 juvenile llamas and humans dates it to approximately 1450, during the peak of the Chimú civilization in northern coastal Peru.

More than 140 children, along with llamas, were found slaughtered in what is thought to be a mass sacrifice to appease the gods of a now extinct religion. Many of the children and juvenile animals had their hearts cut out during the grisly ritual

More than 140 children, along with llamas, were found slaughtered in what is thought to be a mass sacrifice to appease the gods of a now extinct religion. Many of the children and juvenile animals had their hearts cut out during the grisly ritual

Study author John Verano, professor of anthropology at Tulane University, said: ‘This site opens a new chapter on the practice of child sacrifice in the ancient world.

‘This archaeological discovery was a surprise to all of us – we had not seen anything like this before, and there was no suggestion from ethnohistoric sources or historic accounts of child or camelid sacrifices being made on such a scale in northern coastal Peru.

‘We were fortunate to be able to completely excavate the site and to have a multidisciplinary field and laboratory team to do the excavation and preliminary analysis of the material.’

WHO WERE THE CHIMU PEOPLE OF ANCIENT PERU?

Chimu, a pre Incan culture, emerged in the 900 AD remnants of Moche culture on the Peru coast.. It was the largest pre-Columbian Empire in Peru until the Inca. 

A strip of desert spanning 20 to 100 miles (or 30 to 160km) between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes was where the Chimu population lived.  

It’s thought that the Chimú culture arose in the first half of the 14th century, developing a complex civilization with different levels of social hierarchy.

Britannica says that they created large irrigation networks and built cities.

Although agriculture was the dominant culture, they were also known for producing stunning pottery and textiles. They are known for their intricately detailed precious metals and black ceramics.

According to legend, the Chimu survived fishing and believed the moon was more powerful than the sun.

Archaeologists think they were involved in ritual sacrifice.

The Chimu was conquered by the Inca ruler Tupac Inca Yupanqui around 1470 AD. They absorbed many their methods, including road engineering and political organization.

Yupanqui’s rule over the area was not long-lasting. The Spanish conquered it 1534. 

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