A team of Peruvian archaeologists have discovered the remains of at least six women who were believed to have been sacrificed some 1,000 years ago at an ancient ceremonial site in Peru's north.
The remains were discovered during excavations at a temple in Lambayeque, some 750 kilometers (465 miles) north of Lima. Near the remains, ceramic pots were discovered indicating that the sacrifices may have been part of a ceremony.
"It would have been a great building reserved for ceremonies which would have been held inside this space. We have the entire patio where the ceremonies were held; the main entrance and now we're discovering ceramic offerings too," said archaeologist, Edgar Bracamonte.
Officials reported that the skulls of the women are all facing east, possibly indicating that the women belonged to the Cajamarca culture from the countries north.
"We have found six young women sacrifices in this space, in this small space which is part of the temple. Four of them were left in one mass grave one on top of the other. Another was in the corner of the main ramp and the sixth woman was found here in a strange position for the time and this shows us sacredness of the temple," added Bracamonte.
The excavation work at the site begun in December last year and is expected to continue throughout 2016 as archaeologists hope to unearth more artefacts and possibly find the remains of more sacrificed victims.