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Archaeologists are working at a pre-Columbian site in southern Ecuador called Salango. They’ve uncovered 11 sets of skeletal remains, including those of four infants. However, there’s something about the bones of two of the babies that immediately catches their attention. They’ve come across a burial practice never seen before, a phenomenon that’s both startling and gruesomely macabre.

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The grave site that the researchers were excavating dates back more than 2,000 years and is from a culture known as Guangala. Using the evidence of their skillfully made ceramics, experts infer that the Guangala were an advanced society. Many of the people lived in coastal settlements like the one at Salango. Their economy was based on fishing, hunting, and trade. They also cultivated various crops including beans, corn, squash and cotton.

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