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Strong winds reveal new Nazca geoglyphs


Posted on Monday, 4 August, 2014 | Comment icon 16 comments

An aerial view of the famous hummingbird geoglyph. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Martin St-Amant
Lines forming the shape of a llama and a snake have been uncovered by recent sandstorms over Peru.
Located in the Nazca desert, the vast and ancient geoglyphs of the Nazca Lines are generally regarded as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history.

Thought to date back to 650 AD, the massive depictions, which are thought to hold religious significance, can only be properly viewed from high above and include images of spiders, monkeys, lizards and many other animals.

Now the legacy of the ancient Nazca people has been expanded even further thanks to the discovery of several new geoglyphs that have been uncovered due to strong winds blowing away the sand.

The lines are thought to form the shape of a snake and a llama and were first spotted by pilot Eduardo Herrán Gómez de la Torre as he was flying over the region.

Source: Daily Mail | Comments (16)

Tags: Nazca Lines


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by OverSword on 4 August, 2014, 22:52
How are these new? I thought they were thousands of years old
Comment icon #8 Posted by Rolci on 5 August, 2014, 0:33
Funny how I just watched this documentary called Hidden Planet of the Nazca: 2 hours ago, which had 10 minutes on the Nazca Lines. Talk about synchronicity! One day, when I have the money, I will travel there and dig out those underground tunnels. Not mysterious at all!
Comment icon #9 Posted by ancient astronaut on 5 August, 2014, 0:40
The next one to be uncovered will be of Alfred E. Newman.
Comment icon #10 Posted by magikgoddess on 5 August, 2014, 1:39
The bigger one kind of looks like two riders on a 'camel?'...the bird one doesn't really look too birdy to me though.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Rose-Red Howler on 5 August, 2014, 7:08
The lines are incredible, as well as the sun-star glyph.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Timmeh on 5 August, 2014, 10:27
It makes you wonder how much more there is to discover.
Comment icon #13 Posted by seeder on 5 August, 2014, 11:09
The image in the OP link is misleading, someone clearly, has outlined 'what they think' they are seeing, hence the camel ideas, but, take away the outlines and its...
Comment icon #14 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 5 August, 2014, 12:25
How are these new? I thought they were thousands of years old
Comment icon #15 Posted by Yes_Man on 5 August, 2014, 17:23
what i'm puzzled about, is why these pictures are considered "mysterious". it's not as if there were no precidents when it comes to landscape drawings. there are thousands. why make a mystery out of something that isn't? people have been drawing pictures on any available surface since time immemorial. just because we don't know why (specifically-you can't put your modern mindset onto ancient graffiti), it doesn't mean they were exclusively meant for the gods, does it? there's F-A-R too much emphasis placed on religion when it comes to ancient cultures, because we're viewing it through a 20c mi... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Rei4ever on 6 August, 2014, 5:41
The ancient pixel art...


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