Archaeologists dig newborns buried 2,000 years ago wearing "helmets" made from the skulls of other dead CHILDREN to protect them in afterlife
- Two newborns were among the remains of 11 people discovered in South America
- Babies were found wearing helmets made from skulls of other children
- Experts suggest the children may have been sacrificed to calm the volcano
- Or the children died of food shortages because the volcano damaged food production
Archaeologists have unearthed 11 cemeteries in South America, two of which were infants with "helmets" made from the skulls of other children.
Researchers theorize that helmets may have been used to protect infants from "pre-social and wild souls" as they found their way to afterlife.
The team also suggested they may have been part of the volcanic eruption's ritual response not long before they were buried.
The discovery was made at a cemetery called Salango, off the coast of central Ecuador, reports LifeSense.
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Archaeologists unearth 11 cemeteries in South America, two of them "newborns" with helmets made from other children's skulls
"The human head was a powerful symbol for many cultures in South America. Isolated heads were often included in the morgue context, representing captured enemies, respected persons and symbolic "seed", the study said.
"In Salango, a ritual complex on Ecuador's central coast, excavations have uncovered two cemeteries for burial dated around 100 BC."
"Among the 11 burials identified, two newborns were stabbed with helmets made from cranial arches of other minors.
"Additional cranes were placed around the heads of the primary burials, probably at the time of the burial."
Researchers theorize that helmets may have been used to protect infants from "pre-social and wild souls" as they approached afterlife
"All crowns are exposed lesions related to body stress."
Although researchers have theories that they can kill newborns, the exact cause is still unknown.
However, the team suspects it has something to do with the volcano eruption, which happened not long before the infants were buried.
They could die of food shortages because the ashes of the eruption could affect food production in the environment and children may starve.
Another suggestion is that the children were part of a "ritual response to the effects of the environmental eruption," archaeologists wrote, which the team believes may be the cause of death.
Lesions were found on the remains of both newborns (and d), indicating that the baby suffered some form of physical stress. Experts say they may have been sacrificed or suffering from malnutrition
One of the infants died at 18 months of age, who was buried in a helmet by what the team believed to be the skull of a four to 12-year-old child.
The second newborn was about six to nine months after death and was found with the skull of a skull made by another who died between the ages of two and 12.
The team hopes that DNA and isotope analyzes will confirm whether the newborns and those children who have become "skull skulls" are related, but in their paper say there are different possibilities for skull origins, but they think the funerals are proof of ancient traditions associated with ideas of "rebirth".
WHY BENEFICIARIES INCIDENTS JURISDICTIVE CULTURES ARE AGAINST CHILDREN?
Child sacrifice seems to be relatively common in the cultures of ancient Peru, including the culture before the Incan Sican, or the Lambayke and the Jimu people who followed them, as well as the Incas themselves.
Among the discoveries revealing this ritual behavior are mummified remains of the child's body, discovered in 1985 by a group of climbers.
The remains were discovered about 17,388 meters (5,300 meters) southwest of Mount Cero Aconcagua in the Argentine province of Mendoza.
Child sacrifice seems to be a relatively common phenomenon in ancient Peruvian cultures. Among the discoveries revealing this ritual behavior were mummified remains of the child's body (pictured), discovered in 1985 by a group of climbers
The boy is believed to have been a victim of the Inca ritual, called capacocha, where children of great beauty and health were sacrificed by drugs and taken to the mountains to freeze to death.
The ruins of the Inca shrine used to sacrifice the children of their godsrheumatologists in 2016's Peruvian Coastline Complex.
Experts excavating in Hotuna-Kornankap, in northern Lima, have discovered 17 graves dating back to at least the 15th century. This includes graves of six children placed side by side in pairs of shallow graves.
Kapakocha was a ritual most commonly performed after the death of the Inca king. Local masters were required to select unclean children representing the ideal of human perfection.
The ruins of a Inca shrine used to sacrifice the children of their gods have been discovered by archaeologists at a ruin offshore complex in Peru in 2016. 15th century
The children were married and presented with sets of miniature human and llama figurines in gold, silver, copper and shell. The male figures have elongated ear lids and a braided head, and the female figures carry their hair in salaries.
The children were then returned to their first communities, where they were honored before being sacrificed to the mountain gods of the volcano volcano.
The term Kapachocha is translated as "solemn sacrifice" or "royal obligation".
The rationale for this kind of sacrificial rite is usually understood as commemorating important life events of the Emperor Incan, sending them to be with the deities after their death, to stop natural disasters, to encourage the growth of crops or for religious ceremonies.