Nov 21, 2017 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

1,400-year-old Skeletal Remains Discovered in Korea: Skeletons Believed To Be Human Sacrifice

May 18, 2017 02:55 AM EDT

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The skeletons were found in the popular tourist site in southeast of Korea. Scientists confirmed the skeletons were the remains of human sacrifice in the ancient Korea.

The skeletons were found in the tourist site, Gyeongju, which was the former capital of Silla Kingdom that ruled the Korean Peninsula from 668 to 935 AD.This archaeological evidence showed that human sacrifice in the ancient Korea was a practice conducted 1,400 years ago, according to the spokesperson of Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Choi Moon-Jung. She also said that this also proves the folklore about human sacrifice in the ancient Korea for the foundations of buildings, dams or wells were true.

Meanwhile, senior researcher Park Yoon-Jung found there were no signs of a struggle in the skeletons, as reported by Channel News Asia. This corroborated the folklore of human sacrifice in ancient Korea. It is known that in the ancient Korea, burial of living human as a sacrifice was a common custom, but there has not been an evidence until now.

"They must have been buried when they were unconscious or dead," Park said about the skeletons of human sacrifice in ancient Korea. Folklore indicates humans were sacrificed to appease gods and plead with them to ensure the structures being built lasted a long time."

The location where the two skeletons were found was in Wolseong, or the Moon Castle in Gyeongju as reported by Newsweek. They were found under the walls of the Castle, which believed they were buried alive as a human sacrifice in ancient Korea, to ensure the successful construction of the castle. In ancient civilization, such as Mayan or Aztec, human sacrifice was also a common practice.

In ancient Korea, when a king died, his servants were also buried alive with the king. The servants who served the late king should also serve him in the afterlife. Watch the report of the finding of the skeletons as the human sacrifice in ancient Korea below:

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