(London Daily Mail) Archaeologists have unearthed the grisly evidence of what could be the largest mass child sacrifice event ever recorded.
After locals alerted experts in 2011 to human remains found on a low bluff on the northern coast of Peru, an emergency dig at the site revealed dozens of ancient bodies belonging to human children and juvenile llamas.
Over the course of the next five years, archaeologists discovered hundreds more.
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All in all, the excavations at Huanchaquito-Las Llamas uncovered more than 140 sets of child remains and 200 young llamas by 2016, according to an exclusive report from National Geographic – and, markings on their sternums and ribs suggest their chests were cut open and their hearts pulled out.