Ancient Mesopotamians may have sacrificed children to show power

Story highlights

  • Evidence of child sacrifice found in Turkey
  • Archaeologists say it could help us understand how people transitioned into urban civilization

(CNN)Human remains have been found in Turkey, which are believed to show evidence of child sacrifice some 5,000 years ago in an area known an as "the cradle of civilization."

They were found in a grave that dates back to between 3100 and 2800 BC and was found at the Bronze Age Başur Höyük cemetery in southeastern Turkey. It is believed to be one of the earliest examples of human sacrifice in ancient Mesopotamia, the region where humanity developed its first complex urban centers.