May 14, 2018
An Update on the Massive Child Sacrifice at the Chimu Site of Huanchaquito-Las Llamas in Peru
140 children and 200 llamas were ritually sacrificed in the Chimu empire of the Ancient Andes. The majority were between 8 to 12 years old and were buried facing west. The sacrifice took place at the site of Huanchaquito-Las Llamas, near the Chimu capital of Chan Chan, dated at 1400-1450. Red cinnabar was smeared on the faces of the children, and their chests were cut open to probably remove their hearts. Remains of two men and one woman were also found nearby, killed by blows to the head. They may have been dispatched right after the sacrifice. Evidence that this was a single event was found in the soil, including footprints. Previous to this, the largest known child sacrifice was at the Temple Mayor at Tenochtitlan where 42 children were sacrificed. Cut marks show the victims were dispatched by trained individuals.
This may have been an attempt to appease the gods to stop an El Nino catastrophic event that occurred at this historical time. There is evidence of severe flooding near the site. Preliminary DNA evidence shows the victims were brought from far flung places in the Chimu Empire.
National Geographic has the report with many photos;
Mike Ruggeri’s Sican/Chimu Era Peru