At a site in the Lambayeque region in northwestern Peru, archaeologists unearthed 29 human bodies buried around 1,000 years ago. The site is in Huaca Santa Rosa de PucalÃ¡.
Four skeletons, which are those of two children, a teenager and an adult, date back to the Wari civilization.
Edgar Bracamonte LÃ©vano, director of excavations and research archaeologist at the Royal Tombs of SipÃ¡n Museum, told Live Science via email: âThese skeletons represent the earliest known examples of human offerings from the Wari civilization in the region.
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The excavation also uncovered the skeletons of eight guinea pigs and several alpacas and llamas, all of which appear to have been sacrificed.
Bottles, jars and a knife with a half-moon shaped blade were also found at the site.
The tombs were recognized as Wari by researchers because they were surrounded by three distinctive D-shaped enclosures typical of religious spaces in the culture.
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The human offerings could have been “part of a possible ritual performed when the construction of these wari-style religious spaces was started,” LÃ©vano said.
In addition to four human offerings, the archaeological team also found a fifth individual, who had undergone a secondary burial. “That is to say, he was buried elsewhere and [then] re-buried inside the D-shaped enclosure, âadded LÃ©vano.
(With contributions from agencies)