Det arkeologiske funnet i Peru er det største funnet av barneofringer i verden.
Undated picture released by Andina Agency of the remains of some 227 children allegedly offered in a sacrifice ritual by the pre-Columbian culture Chimu, uncovered by archaeologists in the Pampa La Cruz sector in Huanchaco, a coastal municipality of Trujillo, 700 km north of Lima. - A group of archeologists have discovered the remains of 227 children on Peru's north coast that were ritually sacrificed during the pre-Columbian Chimu culture, the biggest ever discovery of child sacrifice in the world. (Photo by LUIS PUELL / ANDINA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT
Undated picture released by Andina Agency of the remains of one of 227 children allegedly offered in a sacrifice ritual by the pre-Columbian culture Chimu, uncovered by archaeologists in the Pampa La Cruz sector in Huanchaco, a coastal municipality of Trujillo, 700 km north of Lima. - A group of archeologists have discovered the remains of 227 children on Peru's north coast that were ritually sacrificed during the pre-Columbian Chimu culture, the biggest ever discovery of child sacrifice in the world. (Photo by LUIS PUELL / ANDINA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT
Undated picture released by Andina Agency of the remains of some 227 children allegedly offered in a sacrifice ritual by the pre-Columbian culture Chimu, uncovered by archaeologists in the Pampa La Cruz sector in Huanchaco, a coastal municipality of Trujillo, 700 km north of Lima. - A group of archeologists have discovered the remains of 227 children on Peru's north coast that were ritually sacrificed during the pre-Columbian Chimu culture, the biggest ever discovery of child sacrifice in the world. (Photo by LUIS PUELL / ANDINA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT
Handout picture released by Programa Arquelogico Huanchacho on August 27, 2019 showing remains of some 227 children, allegedly offered in a sacrifice ritual by the pre-Columbian culture Chimu, uncovered by archaeologists in the Pampa La Cruz sector in Huanchaco, a coastal municipality of Trujillo, 700 km north of Lima. - A group of archaeologists discovered the remains of 227 children offered in a ritual of the pre-Columbian culture Chimu, on the north coast of Peru, which would be the largest finding of infant sacrifices in the world. (Photo by Programa Arqueologico Huanchaco / PROGRAMA ARQUEOLOGICO HUANCHACO / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT
TOPSHOT - Handout picture released by Programa Arquelogico Huanchacho on August 27, 2019 showing remains of some 227 children, allegedly offered in a sacrifice ritual by the pre-Columbian culture Chimu, uncovered by archaeologists in the Pampa La Cruz sector in Huanchaco, a coastal municipality of Trujillo, 700 km north of Lima. - A group of archeologists have discovered the remains of 227 children on Peru's north coast that were ritually sacrificed during the pre-Columbian Chimu culture, the biggest ever discovery of child sacrifice in the world. (Photo by Programa Arqueologico Huanchaco / PROGRAMA ARQUEOLOGICO HUANCHACO / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT
Handout picture released by Programa Arquelogico Huanchacho on August 27, 2019 showing remains of some 227 children, allegedly offered in a sacrifice ritual by the pre-Columbian culture Chimu, uncovered by archaeologists in the Pampa La Cruz sector in Huanchaco, a coastal municipality of Trujillo, 700 km north of Lima. - A group of archaeologists discovered the remains of 227 children offered in a ritual of the pre-Columbian culture Chimu, on the north coast of Peru, which would be the largest finding of infant sacrifices in the world. (Photo by Programa Arqueologico Huanchaco / PROGRAMA ARQUEOLOGICO HUANCHACO / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT
Handout picture released by Programa Arquelogico Huanchacho on August 27, 2019 showing remains of some 227 children, allegedly offered in a sacrifice ritual by the pre-Columbian culture Chimu, uncovered by archaeologists in the Pampa La Cruz sector in Huanchaco, a coastal municipality of Trujillo, 700 km north of Lima. - A group of archaeologists discovered the remains of 227 children offered in a ritual of the pre-Columbian culture Chimu, on the north coast of Peru, which would be the largest finding of infant sacrifices in the world. (Photo by Programa Arqueologico Huanchaco / PROGRAMA ARQUEOLOGICO HUANCHACO / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT
LEVNINGER: Det arkeologiske funnet i Peru er det største funnet av barneofringer i verden. (Foto: LUIS PUELL/ANDINA/AFP

Disse barna ble trolig ofret på grunn av frykt for værfenomenet El Niño

Arkeologer i Peru har funnet levningene etter 227 barn. Barnas antas å ha blitt ofret av Chimu-sivilisasjonen, som forsvant på 1400-tallet.

Funnene, som ble gjort i turistbyen Huanchaco like nord for hovedstaden Lima, regnes for å være det største funnet av ofrede barn noensinne i Peru.

Barna var i alderen 4 år til 14 år da de ble ofret i et ritual for å ære Chimu-kulturens guder, ifølge sjefarkeolog Feren Castillo.

– De ble ofret i forbindelse med værfenomenet El Niño. Levningene bærer preg å ha blitt drept i vått vær, sier Castillo.

Værfenomen El Niño oppstår naturlig med to til sju års mellomrom når overflatevannet i deler av Stillehavet blir unormalt varmt. Sjefarkeologen sier at barna var plassert slik at de lå vendt ut mot havet og at det stadig dukker opp nye funn.

Chimu-sivilisasjonen strakte seg fra den peruanske kysten til Ecuador og varte fra 1200- til 1400-tallet. Sivilisasjonen forsvant i 1475 etter at den ble erobret av Inkariket.