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'Perfectly intact' remains of 60 people found

December 20, 2011 | Comment icon 13 comments



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A 1,100-year-old tomb containing the remains of 60 people has been discovered in Peru.
It is thought that the remains were those of people who had been killed as sacrificial offerings to the gods of the Sican culture and then buried in the pit that was over 8m deep and 150m across. Some of the dead appeared to have been beheaded while others showed signs of being dropped from a great height.
A tomb containing the 'perfectly intact' remains of 60 people - who were slaughtered in sacrificial offerings more than 1,100 years ago - has been discovered in Peru.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (13)


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Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 11 years ago
I did a search for this on Google. It's been posted in a few other places but they're all sourced to this one in the dailymail. So nothing new to add I'm afraid.
Comment icon #5 Posted by lightly 11 years ago
I did a search for this on Google. It's been posted in a few other places but they're all sourced to this one in the dailymail. So nothing new to add I'm afraid. Thanks Still Waters, Interesting find. I found this sort of companion piece about the site. (it's so short .. here it is) http://orbitingwonder.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/peruvian-mass-grave-dating-1000-years-discovered/ Sixty apparently sacrificed bodies were found in a 1000 year tomb in the Peruvian Lambayeque, reveals a report released today by the Lima newspaper El Comercio. According to the archaeologists in charge, sacrifices were... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Bildr 11 years ago
some one made a good point in the comments; How do they know it was a ritualistic sacrifice?? I don't get it. Say 1500 years from now and if this planet still sustains human life, I'm sure some scientist then might stumble on one of our cemetery and then assume it was a sacrifice where humans were locked in a box and buried alive. Why not? Where is the facts here to point it was a sacrifice? Do we really know?- MB, UK, 18/12/2011 13:37
Comment icon #7 Posted by lightly 11 years ago
well, they are finding headless skeletons and , elsewhere, skulls. That could be sacrifice? I tend to agree though, that "sacrifice" is probably a conclusion too often jumped to. How can we tell if it was Sacrifice or Slaughter ? Were offerings buried with the dead? We need to know more! lol
Comment icon #8 Posted by GlenndL 11 years ago
if u think about it sacrifice is slaughter, they kill in what they feel as godly places. to show the sacrifice they are making for him. to kill ones own to better yourself is slaughter all in itself. but that could signify to these people as the greatest sacrifice of all. the dead of one of there own. given to there god for all to see. then buried in a tomb so that the spirits can rise out and reach god. would look about the same on autopsy i think.
Comment icon #9 Posted by lightly 11 years ago
if u think about it sacrifice is slaughter, they kill in what they feel as godly places. to show the sacrifice they are making for him. to kill ones own to better yourself is slaughter all in itself. but that could signify to these people as the greatest sacrifice of all. the dead of one of there own. given to there god for all to see. then buried in a tomb so that the spirits can rise out and reach god. would look about the same on autopsy i think. I guess that's true. A heart could be cut out, or a head off, for ceremonial reasons.. OR.. other reasons... As a show of total conquest or whatev... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by rocky_923 11 years ago
That is a good question. .. the brief article says ... A tomb containing the 'perfectly intact' remains of 60 people - who were slaughtered in sacrificial offerings more than 1,100 years ago - has been discovered in Peru. They also unearthed the remains of dogs and horses at the site, which is next to a key Sican ceremonial centre, in the historical Pomac Woods, 500 miles north of Lima. Maybe the dogs and horses were not buried with the people? , were they all found to be the same age? .. and at the same depth? Personally , i've long wondered if all the horses did die off 12,000 years ago? It ... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by lightly 11 years ago
12,000 years is not a correct number. The latest fossil is that old, but a core sample was taken in Alaska that had Mammoth and Horse DNA as early as 8000 years ago. I think it is possible for a population to have existed with out fossil evidence, but no sign of them for 8000 years is a big stretch of time. Thanks rocky.
Comment icon #12 Posted by encouraged 11 years ago
Perhaps I am dense, but the article seems to be short on all kinds of information. Bodies being thrown in implies it is geological feature like a sink hole or has a cliff near by--some kind of topological difference to make throwing something with the weight of a body a vertical distance. One mention being horses and the other being llamas is yet another shortfall of the article. I suppose we will have to wait for a more formal write-up to get the information that can answer our questions. Perhaps my being confused for a while is healthy, in my "I want to know right now!" habits.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Muenzenhamster 11 years ago
St. Bees Man was found "perfectly intact." How do they describe 60 skeletons, some missing heads, as "perfectly intact?!"


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