Archaeologists have found a hundreds-year-old mass grave in southwestern Peru, according to Reuters.
More than 20 people found in the graves have apparently belonged to the Chimú culture. The people ruled the area for centuries before the Incas conquered the area in about 1470.
Among those found in the mass grave are men, women and children, but most of the dead were young women under the age of 30. The dead had been buried in a fairly small area.
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The site is located in the archaeological site of Chan Chan in Trujillo, Peru.
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Chan Chan was the capital of the kingdom of Chimor. The Incas conquered Chan Chan in the 1470s, and the area was later taken over by the Spaniards.
Scholars believe the dead may have belonged to the elite of their society. They were buried in a sitting position.
Chimú is known to have sacrificed people, including children, but not in the new grave find BBC:n according to there are no signs of this.
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