Peruvian pit where women were sacrificed by priests who DRANK THEIR BLOOD
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed a 1,200-year old pit beneath an ancient temple where young women were sacrificed.
The remains of six women were discovered and researchers claim there is evidence that they were killed by Peruvian priests who may have also drank their blood and partially ate them.
All of the women buried in the ancient temple in Huaca Santa Rosa, in the Pucalá district of Peru, had their bodies contorted so that their heads were facing the Andes mountain range.
The women date back to a time when the Lambayeque culture emerged in 750AD, predating the Incas by around 700 years.
They were one of the first cultures to build large temples in the country and were known for their sacrificial rituals.
Edgar Bracamonte, from the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and lead archaeologist on the dig, said: “We have discovered a temple around 1,200-years-old and which was a secret enclosure that priests used to sacrifice women to their gods. It was used for private ceremonies.
“It has platforms and a central ramp that was covered with earth, where they left a large quantity of offerings. We found six buried women in different places.
“What caught our attention was the unusual position of a young woman of around 24-years-old.
“She was positioned in the centre of the ramp together with a llama and ceramic pots.
“This finding is very important because it reveals to us a close relationship between the Mochicas and the Lambayeque culture.”
Early analysis of the site suggests that the women may have been captured for the purpose of the ritual, or were slaves who were sacrificed.
The Lambayaque culture, also known as the Sican culture, flourished until around 1375AD when they were defeated by the Chimpu empire.
Prior to the rise of the Lambayaque culture was the Moche culture, who were known for their blood-drinking of victims, with researchers believing that the Lambayaque people may have carried this tradition over.