Two skeletons have been found under the walls of the Moon Castle in South Korea’s Gyeongju. Excavated earlier this week, researchers believe that the two were placed there as a human sacrifice.
The two bodies showed no evidence of resistance; meaning they were possibly unconscious or dead when buried.
"Judging from the fact that there are no signs of resistance when they were buried, they must have been buried when they were unconscious or dead," said senior researcher Park Yoon-Jung.
In Ancient Korea burying slaves and servants alive to serve the late king in the afterlife was a fairly common practice.
Though it’s not 100 percent clear whether or not the two were a human sacrifice at this stage, their burial under the castle wall was planned. Spokeswoman Choi Moon-Jung of the Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage explains:
“This is the first archaeological evidence that folklore about humans being sacrificed for the foundations of buildings, dams or walls were true stories,”
A human sacrifice buried under a new structure whether a castle, a wall or house was meant to bring the house good fortune
The pair were likely to come from the Silla Kingdom. A dynasty that reigned over both South and North Korea. It is one of the world’s longest reigning monarchies lasting from 57 BCE to 935 CE.
Header: Gyochon Hanok Village, Traditional architecture in Gyeongju, Korea, Shutterstock