Sacrificial remains of humans and animals, believed to be at least 2,700 years old, have been found in central China’s Luoyang city , Chinese archaeologists say.

The bones are part of a recently discovered burial complex covering nearly a quarter acre (945 square meters) and containing 14 tombs, a water channel, and 59 pits from the Western Zhou dynasty. 

During the Western Zhou period (1100 B.C. to 771 B.C.), the sacrifices of animals—and sometimes humans—to ancestors or deities were a routine part of Chinese culture. The sacrifices were often made to bless houses, said David Sena, a China historian at the University of Texas at Austin.

"In general, there’s been a tendency to describe Western Zhou as a more humanistic period, when the practice of human sacrifices"—which were commonplace during the preceding Shang Dynasty—"were waning," Sena said.

"But I think the archaeological evidence shows quite clearly that human sacrifices persisted throughout the Zhou period as well."


  1. tall-girl-in-a-small-world reblogged this from campbller
  2. campbller reblogged this from history-and-shit
  3. laisai reblogged this from history-and-shit
  4. slackmarathon reblogged this from history-and-shit
  5. fleursdartifice reblogged this from asianhistory
  6. khazgurian reblogged this from history-and-shit
  7. quesimmons reblogged this from history-and-shit
  8. rainbow-hammock reblogged this from nyankee
  9. shiningking reblogged this from fuckyeahchinesemyths
  10. staybeautifulwildandfree reblogged this from d0nt-f0rg3t-dud3
  11. giovannaisbored reblogged this from nikolawashere
  12. bananaleaves reblogged this from fuckyeahchinesemyths
  13. dykesanddinosaurs reblogged this from history-and-shit
  14. grotesque-gardens reblogged this from history-and-shit
  15. the-barren-waste-land reblogged this from history-and-shit
  16. introsesh reblogged this from poniatowskaja
  17. andasfortakingitinstride reblogged this from centuriespast
  18. askmetocutyourhairandillkillyou reblogged this from jesus-lizard-journal
  19. brokencellphones reblogged this from history-and-shit
  20. braidedleaf reblogged this from xlerator
  21. musari reblogged this from the-next-emperor
  22. the-next-emperor reblogged this from fuckyeahchinesemyths
  23. xlerator reblogged this from fuckyeahchinesemyths