Hundreds of children and llamas were sacrificed in ghastly 15th century ritual

This grisly discovery is unprecedented.

Archaeological finding could confirm gruesome Greek legend

Archaeologists working on top of a Greek mountain have made a sinister discovery.

Human sacrifice may have helped the elite consolidate its position

The ritual of sacrifice is ubiquitous in all religions, be it self-offered or undertaken by a higher religious figures. Scholars are still investigating the object of sacrifice, and its role in shaping culture and society. One study makes an interesting hypothesis based on historical records: human sacrifice has repeatedly worked in favor of the ruling elite to consolidate their position in stratified societies. In egalitarian societies, human sacrifice was less wide spread and also less impactful.