Inca Children Drugged Before Sacrificed
The braided locks on the mummified remains of a young Inca (A.D. 1430-1532) girl served as a record of her heavy consumption of substances like coca and alcohol leading up to her sacrifice. Biochemical analysis of the young victim’s hair revealed that her diet included both high levels of coca and alcohol, in the form of chica—a fermented brew made from maize. The 13-year-old, Llullaillaco Maiden, was sacrificed alongside two other young children dubbed Llullaillaco Boy and Lightning Girl. Their remains were found near the summit of Volcano Llullaillaco.
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