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“This is the biggest site where the remains of sacrificed children have been found,” said archaeologist Feren Castillo of the National University of Trujillo.
Stairs probably led to a ten-foot-tall, defended tower entrance.
“In the event of a siege,” he said, “even if the city and the castle are taken over, the last defenders and the local aristocrat with their family can hold out for a long time until outside aid arrives or supplies finish.” To read about another recent find at Rusokastro, go to "Iconic Discovery." , which sank in the high Arctic during an expedition launched in 1845 by Sir John Franklin to find the Northwest Passage.
The children are thought to have been sacrificed by the Chimú culture some 500 years ago, during a period when the El Niño weather pattern caused torrential rains and flooding.
Excavations of the village, thought to have been inhabited for 1,000 years, are led by Stephen Dockrill of the University of Bradford.Charcoal and bone samples from the site's oldest layers associated with human artifacts have been radiocarbon dated to between 16,560 and 15,280 years ago.The evidence, Davis suggested, indicates that people were living in western Idaho some 1,000 years before melting ice created a corridor through what is now the western United States.To read about another long-inhabited site in the Orkneys, go to "Neolithic Europe's Remote Heart." reports that a team led by D.Nihildas of the Archaeological Survey of India has uncovered a settlement near the Poorna River in west-central India.
For more on Iron Age India, go to "Double Vision." reports that the base of a large hexagonal tower measuring about 50 feet long and 40 feet wide with six-foot-thick walls has been uncovered at the site of Rusokastro Fortress in southeastern Bulgaria.