Archaeologists have unearthed remains of 42 children and 74 llamas and related animals that were sacrificed some 800 years ago in the fishing town of Huanchaquito, Peru.
The remains were from a massive sacrifice that formed part of a religious ceremony of the pre-Inca Chimu culture for the fertility of the ocean and the land, Reuters reported.
Oscar Gabriel Prieto, chief archaeologist on the dig, said the findings represent the largest discovery of sacrifices from the Chimu culture.
Legs crisscrossed in a circle, the little bodies attached wiggling with excitement as artifacts make the rounds.
Erin Willow, an archeologist with Stantec Consulting, passes around a “projectile point”, an arrowhead crafted of chip stone by First Nations people 9,000 years ago.
The artifacts spark conversation among the group of four-ish year-olds at Discovery House Childcare Centre as they celebrated National Aboriginal Day (June 21) with a little dig of their own. The Stantec Consultants were at the centre to help the children learn about local First Nation heritage and how to handle and protect archeological finds. Read more.
Kids can explore recreations of a pharaoh’s tomb, China’s terra cotta warriors or a sunken ship beginning next week at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
The new exhibit, “Treasures of the Earth,” will give children hands-on experience in simulated archeological digs.
In the simulations, visitors can explore a mysterious tunnel in the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Seti I in the Valley of the Kings, piece together and virtually paint remains of terra cotta warriors buried in China, or take a virtual dive in the Caribbean to explore the shipwreck of a vessel commandeered by the convicted pirate Captain William Kidd.
The exhibit’s grand opening is June 11, with a late-night sneak preview June 10. (source)