By: Caroline Bissonette
Researchers at the Sillustani archaeological site in Peru have unearthed 44 bodies of children who they believe were sacrificed between 600 and 700 years ago. The bodies were found buried in pairs, arranged around a circular stone funerary tower. Each child was found buried in a basket with a volcanic stone on their chest, and offerings of food and animals surrounded the site. Archaeologists believe that the children were sacrificed during a period of conflict between the Kolla culture, which ruled the region at the time, and a local rival.