Midnight Terror Cave

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Midnight Terror Cave is a cave in central Belize that was discovered in 2006. The site was worked on by California State University, Los Angeles' field school as part of the Western Belize Regional Cave Project under Dr. Jaime Awe.[1] The cave contained around 9000 human bones,[2] from at least 118 individuals,[3] and is one of the largest sacrificial assemblages ever discovered in the Maya Lowlands.[3]

The site is thought to have been a site of human sacrifice to the Maya rain god Chaak.[4] An analysis of 100 teeth found at the site showed around a quarter to be less worn down than others, suggesting that they came from the mouths of children.[2] The enamel of the teeth showed that these children had travelled to the site from more than 200 miles away.[2]

Peer-reviewed articles have discussed preliminary findings from the site[5][6] as well as pathological findings.[3][7][8]


  1. ^ "Midnight Terror Cave". California State University, Los Angeles.
  2. ^ a b c "Why this mysterious Mayan cave full of children's bones may be evidence of ancient human trafficking". Washington Post. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Sacrifice of the Social Outcasts: Two Cases of Klippel-Feil Syndrome at Midnight Terror Cave".
  4. ^ "The 'Midnight Terror Cave' of Belize was a child sacrifice site, experts report".
  5. ^ "Determining Status of Ancient Maya from Looted and Sacrificial Contexts".
  6. ^ "Preliminary Observations on the Investigation of Midnight Terror Cave".
  7. ^ "A Correction and Comment on Sacrifice of the Social Outcasts".
  8. ^ "A rebuttal to Comments on Sacrifice of the Social Outsider".