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Mummified Children Found in Peru May Have Been a Sacrificial Escort to The Underworld

Peruvian archaeologists have discovered the mummified bodies of eight children who may have been sacrificed to join pre-Inca nobles later in life, reports Marco Aquino of Reuters.

According to CBS News, at the Cajamarquilla archaeological complex about 15 miles east of Lima, remains of bones dating back 1,000 to 1,200 years have been found in the graves of worshipers. The bones of 12 adults and animals such as llamas were also found outside the tomb.

A team led by Pieter Van Dalen Luna and Yomira Silvia Huamán of the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima unveiled the first elite mummies in November, and then Reuters' Marco Aquino was announced. Archaeologists believe that possibly one of the wealthiest merchants in the community was a village aged 25 to 30 at the time of his death. Van Dalen Luna told CNN at the time that his grave was near downtown, signaling its significance. Guards mummified the victim and tied his hands to his face, a funeral procession in southern Peru at the time.

According to the France-Nias agency (AFP), reported by France 24, small bones can affect the vitality of the burial vault.

"Children can be relatives and were once placed in various places at the entrance to the (noble) mummy's tomb," Van Dalen Luna told AFP. “According to our labor theory, children must bear fruit to bring a mummy to the bottom.

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