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A mass sacrifice of children and camelids at the Huanchaquito-Las Llamas site, Moche Valley, Peru

-Schmitz. Formal analysis: Gabriel Prieto, John W. Verano, Nicolas Goepfert, Douglas Kennett, Jeffrey Quilter, Steven LeBlanc, Lars Fehren-Schmitz, Jannine Forst, Mellisa Lund, Brittany Dement, Elise Dufour ... , Olivier Tombret, Melina Calmon, Davette Gadison, Khrystyne Tschinkel. Funding acquisition: Gabriel Prieto, John W. Verano, Nicolas Goepfert, Jeffrey Quilter, Steven LeBlanc, Lars Fehren-Schmitz

Pastoralism in Northern Peru during Pre-Hispanic Times: Insights from the Mochica Period (100–800 AD) Based on Stable Isotopic Analysis of Domestic Camelids

Llama (Lama glama) and alpaca (Vicugna pacos) are the only large domesticated animals indigenous to the Americas. Pastoralism occupies a fundamental economic, social and religious role in Andean life. Today, camelid livestock are confined to the ecozone of the puna (above 3,500 masl), while their presence on the Pacific coast during pre-Hispanic times is attested by...