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VARIOUS GENERAL VIEWS INSIDE CHAN CHAN MURAL WITH MARINE BIRDS REMAINS OF SACRIFICED BOY BROKEN RIBS OF SKELETON WORKERS CLEANING THORAX OF REMAINS SKULL WITH RED PAINT PRIETO AND HUANCHACO MAYOR FERNANDO BAZAN OBSERVING REMAINS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRIETO SAYING: "What we have here is clearly a ritual sacrifice, because we have found 40 children's bodies that were placed in a very specific position. Moreover, they show evidence of violence. This means there are alterations in the bones that indicate they were either sacrificed or submitted to rituals where their organs were manipulated. At the same time, we have 70 llamas that were deposited on top of the bodies." STUDENTS EXCAVATING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRIETO SAYING: "All these Chimu children show a pattern in which apparently their hearts have been extracted. This is for two reasons. First, their sternums show a cut in the middle of the bone, and second because the ribs have been manipulated, clearly moved from their original position. This is related to rituals done by later Meso-American tribes like the Aztecs." INTERIOR OF MUSEUM TOURISTS LOOKING AT CERAMICS MOCHE CERAMIC ARTIFACT SHOWING PRIEST (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARCHEOLOGIST SANTIAGO UCEDA SAYING: "It's a probable hypothesis that this ritual of opening the heart could have come from Meso-America to the Andes. In the past years, there have been other investigations into of elements of the Mayan culture represented in Moche art. Also, techniques of metal working from the northern Peruvian coast were passed toward north. This helps us explain more the phenomenon." STUDENTS TAKING BONE REMAINS TO MUSEUM FOR INVESTIGATION (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH ARCHEOLOGIST NICOLAS GOEPFERT, EXPERT IN CAMELIDS, SAYING: "In this sacrifice there were 74 young camelids, all of them presenting a good state of conservation with beige fur. They had a function in these pre-Incan rituals; to carry the souls of the dead to the next world which was associated with myths of water and the sea. We've also found cuts on their sternums that probably characterize a very old sacrificial technique where the live heart was taken out of the animal."
Dateline: 2011

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