Robert Clark@robertclarkphoto

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Robert Clark

Some more of my favorite pictures from an Article in the February issue of the @NatGeo. “An Unthinkable Sacrifice” tells the story of a shocking ritual sacrifice.
1of 7 The remains of two of the 269 victims of a child sacrifice during the rein of the Chimu people of Northwestern Peru.
2of7 A skull of a child recovered for a mass burial site near Trujillo, Peru.
3of7 The children were wrapped in a thin gauze shroud.
4of7 Some of the wall that remain of the city of #ChanChan. Ruled from this walled city, the Chimú kingdom was for two centuries the chief state in Peru. It extended approximately from Piura in the north to Paramonga in the south. Its economy was based on agriculture, which in that dry region was supported by irrigation ditches. The Chimú seem to have elaborated a system of social-class stratification. Craftsmen produced fine textiles and gold, silver, and copper objects.
Between 1465 and 1470 they came under Inca rule, apparently persuaded that Inca arms were invincible. Chimú historical and mythological traditions were recorded by Spanish writers after the conquest (c. 1532).
5of7 Over 150 Llamas were also sacrificed at the location.
6of7 One of the graves with hoove prints of Llamas in the background.
7of7 An in-situ close-up of one of the children found at the site. You will notice the severed bone at the bottom of the frame. All the children had a vertical cut into the breast bone which would leave the children to bleed out and was the cause of death.
Many thanks to @KurtMutchler the editor who made sense of my 22k frames. Also to thank you to the Scientific investigations of the international, interdisciplinary team, led by @GabrielPrieto of the #UniversidadNacionaldeTrujillo and #JohnVerano of #TulaneUniversity. #mummy #mummies #Peru #archeology #Inca #Chimu #ChanChan @atedge


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It is always a really nice moment when you open your mailbox and see a copy of the @NatGeo Magazine that contains a story that you have worked on. I usually find a quiet space to take my first look at the new article.
This story was a long one, several trips to Peru over a three-year period, we just had to keep going back because #GabrielPrieto and his team kept uncovering new finds.
1of7 The remains of two children perhaps a boy and a girl rest beside each other at a mass burial site on the aired coast of Northern #Peru. They were among the 269 children who were sacrificed and buries around 1450 C.E.at two sites near #ChanChan, the ancient capital of the Chimu people. Most of the victims were killed with a cut to the chest, possible to remove the heart, and buried in a simple shroud.
2of7 Is another view of the first picture (which is unpublished until now).
3of7 Fourteen-year-old Danila holds a baby alpaca near Huaylillas in the highlands of Northern Peru. Skeletal analysis of the sacrificed children reveals that they were between the ages of five and 14 and came from through the Chimu Empire, including the highlands.
4of7 Archaeologist #GabrielPrieto works with his team to uncover shallow graves at Huanchaquito. Soon after excavations concluded here, discoveries of a second child sacrifice site at nearby Pampa la Cruz.
5of7 Archaeology students at the National University of Trujillo prepare to clean and catalog skulls from the mass burial at Huanchaquito. The arid climate of Northern Peru naturally mummified many of the remains, which are unusually well preserved.
6of7 Hoofprints of young Llamas are preserved in a deep layer of mud around the grave of a sacrificed child.
7of7 A view of one of the 269 children that were buried in this mass grave.
Captions are from the February issue of the NatGeo with an article by #KristinRomey.....thank you @KurtMutchler for the wise edit on the pictures.


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I do love some aspects of social media, but other times you have people talking about your work with no context or knowledge. It was said of this image, (in color) that it was manipulated & that it would be a “throwaway” image in black and white. The first is not true and I don’t agree with the second opinion. Maybe I’m just cranky because it is a Monday. @atedge


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I wish I had a longer clip of the falls, but I wasn't thinking about #water as much at the time that I shot this as I am now. The power is a stunning site to see.
The Trump administration plans to weaken federal clean water rules designed to protect millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of streams nationwide from pesticide runoff and other pollutants.
Twenty percent of the world's freshwater lies in the Great Lakes, and most flows over Niagara Falls at a rate of 3,160 tons of water every second.
Niagara Falls was formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation, ( during the last ice age more than 12,000 years ago), and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path to the Atlantic Ocean.
When the ice melted, the upper Great Lakes emptied into the Niagara River, which followed the rearranged topography and over time, the river cut a gorge through the north-facing.
It seems to me that clean water is a right of all people considering, in general, men should have a total body water percentage between 50 and 65 percent, while the ideal range for women is between 45 and 60 percent. #cleanwater @atedge


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A storm rolls in over a #RapeSeed feild near #Poznan, #Poland. Rapeseed (Brassica napus), also known as rape, oilseed rape, (and, in the case of one particular group of cultivars, canola), is a bright-yellow flowering member of the family #Brassicaceae (mustard or cabbage family), cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seed. It is the third-largest source of vegetable oil in the world. #Rapeseed oil is used as diesel fuel, either as biodiesel, straight in heated fuel systems, or blended with petroleum distillates for powering motor vehicles. #Biodiesel may be used in pure form in newer engines. Owing to the costs of growing, crushing, and refining rapeseed biodiesel, rapeseed-derived biodiesel from new oil costs more to produce than standard diesel fuel, so diesel fuels are commonly made from the used oil. Rapeseed oil is the preferred oil stock for biodiesel production in most of Europe, accounting for about 80% of the feedstock. @atedge @christopherfarber


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#Running along the Pacific coast in #Peru. No matter how many places I travel, the coast in Peru is one of my favorite places.@atedge


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@RobertClarkphoto. I have seen and photographed dozens of Mummies from all over the world, all different time periods, but nothing prepared me for the number and the tragic story that I photographed on the coast of Peru near the village of Huanchaco. Evidence for the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in the Americas— and likely in world history—has been discovered on Peru's northern coast, archaeologists tell National Geographic.

More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago on a wind-swept bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow of what was then the sprawling capital of the Chimú Empire.

Scientific investigations by the international, interdisciplinary team, led by Gabriel Prieto of the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and John Verano of Tulane University, are ongoing. The work is supported by grants from the National Geographic Society.

While incidents of human sacrifice among the Aztec, Maya, and Inca have been recorded in colonial-era Spanish chronicles and documented in modern scientific excavations, the discovery of a large-scale child sacrifice event in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimú civilization is unprecedented in the Americas—if not in the entire world. "I, for one, never expected it," says Verano, a physical anthropologist who has worked in the region for more than three decades. "And I don't think anyone else would have, either."The sacrifice site, formally known as Huanchaquito-Las Llamas, is located on a low bluff just a thousand feet from the sea, amid a growing spread of cinderblock residential compounds in Peru's northern Huanchaco district. Less than half a mile to the east of the site is the UNESCO World Heritage site of #ChanChan, the ancient Chimú administrative center, and beyond its walls, the modern provincial capital of Trujillo.

Only the Inca commanded a larger empire than the Chimú in pre-Columbian South America, and superior Inca forces put an end to the Chimú Empire around A.D. 1475. More images to come for this story in the February issue of the @NatGeo Magazine. Text by #KristinRomey #GabrielPrieto @atedge


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FREE SOLO is up for the audience award for the CINEMA EYE HONORS next week, it is the most thrilling & intense documentary I have ever seen. Support my freinds @jimmy_chin & @chaivasarhelyi for their film about the amazing climb of @alexhonnold. The link to vote is in my bio. @freesolofilm. #RockStar


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Scenic beauty of #JuryDuty. @atedge


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Two #landscapes from a story on #Vikings that I shot for @NatGeo. I traveled to six different countries on the voyage of producing this story. The first picture is from the the eastern coast of England near the Bamberg Castle, the second picture is from the western coast of the Shetland Islands, in Scotland. @atedge


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Looking into my archive, I found a picture I like....On a trip to Shetland Island, I was able to do this portrait doing my travels around the island. The Shetland pony is a breed of pony originating in the #ShetlandIsles, Scotland. Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes.
Shetland ponies originated in the Shetland Isles, located northeast of mainland #Scotland. Small #horses have been kept on the Shetland Isles since the #BronzeAge. People who lived on the islands probably later crossed the native stock with ponies imported by Norse settlers. Shetland ponies also were probably influenced by the Celtic pony, brought to the islands by settlers between 2000 and 1000 BCE. The harsh climate and scarce food developed the ponies into extremely hardy animals.

Shetland ponies were first used for pulling carts, carrying peat, coal and plowing farmland. Then, as the #IndustrialRevolution increased the need for coal in the mid-19th century, thousands of Shetland ponies traveled to mainland Britain to be pit ponies, working underground hauling coal, often for their entire lives. Coal mines in the eastern United States also imported some of these animals, the where termed Pit Ponies. The last pony mine in the United States closed in 1971. @atedge


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