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Scientists have discovered that drugs and alcohol were essential in the months before the death of the children in the sacrifices. A teenager has been analyzed and it has been found that she was sedated before her death. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Emma Brown, from the Department of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford, stated that Spanish chronicles report that children were sacrificed for various reasons like very important events that happened in the life of the Incas like wars, natural catastrophes, although they followed a ritual calendar.
Frozen in time.
The mummified remains were found in 1999 in a tomb near the summit at 6,739 meters of the Lullaillaco volcano, in Argentina.
Two girls were buried there, a 13-year-old and a boy of about five years old. The remains date back 500 years, in the middle of the Inca empire, which dominated South America until the Europeans arrived at the end of the 15th century.
According to Brown, their conservation is so good that they are considered one of the best in the world. The international team of forensic investigators analyzed the chemicals in the children's hair. They discovered that they had consumed alcohol and coca leaves (from which cocaine is obtained) months before they died.
These substances were reserved for the elites and were used in rituals
Death from exposure.
The results of a girl's hair reveal that this girl, known as “Lullaillaco maiden”Was more appreciated than the youngest child, due to her virginity. When children were selected for slaughter, drug use increased. It also changed its diet, which went from being based on potatoes to a diet rich in meat and corn, according to the researchers. The Spanish chronicles report that attractive women were normally the chosen ones, and that they were captured from their families.
The alcohol consumption by the victim indicates that this should be sedated before being taken to the volcano and placed in the tombs until his death.
“In the case of the maiden, there are no signs of violence. Surprisingly, she kept a layer of fat, was well groomed and wore nice clothes.”. This good preservation is probably due to the sedative effect of alcohol and the cold of the mountains, as they facilitated his death, says Brown.
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