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Nazca Lines formed ancient pilgrimage route


Posted on Tuesday, 5 May, 2015 | Comment icon 32 comments

One of the many huge geogylphs found in the Nazca Desert. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Martin St-Amant
The famous geoglyphs in Peru may have been created by at least two different groups of people.
Situated on a remote arid plateau in southern Peru, the Nazca Lines are a series of spectacular artistic designs, including images of spiders, monkeys, hummingbirds, fish and lizards, which were etched in to the desert floor almost 2,000 years ago.

The designs were produced by removing the red colored pebbles that litter the desert to unveil the white dusty ground underneath.

Some of the drawings are huge and measure up to 200m across.

Now however researchers investigating the origins of the lines believe that they may have been created by not one but several different groups of people over an extended period of time.

The earliest drawings were likely to have been created to mark out a ritual processional route, but evidence suggests that a later culture may have added to them by smashing ceramic pots on the ground where the lines intersected as part of some form of ancient religious rite.

"Our research revealed that the Formative geoglyphs were placed to be seen from the ritual pathways, while those of the early Nazca period were used as the loci of ritual activities such as intentional destructions of ceramic vessels," said Masato Sakai of Yamagata University.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (32)

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Comment icon #23 Posted by Calibeliever on 6 May, 2015, 17:08
I believe you are referring to the Cajamarquilla pot holes This site, if it is the one you are thinking of is 40 kilometers from Lima and therefore several hundred kilometers from Nazca Such an interesting region of the world. I would love to make a journey there someday.
Comment icon #24 Posted by seeder on 6 May, 2015, 19:11
Seeder, thank you for the link (I'm not very computer savvy.) I'm not trying to hijack this thread; I only thought that the possibility of more than one culture at Nazca as mentioned here might explain a somewhat similar activity by another culture? Look what we have here Ritual sacrifice pits number more than 20 near the settlement. Only four burials have been found. Read more: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/bulgarian-archaeologists-find-evidence-sacrifice-thracian-child-020304#ixzz3ZO4XCK4e
Comment icon #25 Posted by lakeview rud on 6 May, 2015, 23:30
Seeder, the holes I'm referring to (the ones Hanslune pictured) may well be ritual burial pits as you show here. The ones that were shown with the local archeologist standing in one (on History Channel or some such) had walls that were actually lined with flat stones (maybe the size of salad plates?) about an inch or so thick. These were just laid out (like a running course of bricks) with no mortar, just dry. To investigate my idea you would need to find some remnants of head or tail of the serpent. While Hanslune correctly points out these are many miles from Nazca, there may still be some r... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by Hanslune on 7 May, 2015, 2:42
Seeder, the holes I'm referring to (the ones Hanslune pictured) may well be ritual burial pits as you show here. The ones that were shown with the local archeologist standing in one (on History Channel or some such) had walls that were actually lined with flat stones (maybe the size of salad plates?) about an inch or so thick. These were just laid out (like a running course of bricks) with no mortar, just dry. To investigate my idea you would need to find some remnants of head or tail of the serpent. While Hanslune correctly points out these are many miles from Nazca, there may still be some r... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 12 June, 2015, 11:24
Was made either for aliens or mayb ppl of that time could fly in balloons or something..
Comment icon #28 Posted by Calibeliever on 12 June, 2015, 13:34
Was made either for aliens or mayb ppl of that time could fly in balloons or something.. Actually from what I understand, most can be seen quite easily from surrounding hillsides. No flight required
Comment icon #29 Posted by seeder on 12 June, 2015, 14:20
Was made either for aliens or mayb ppl of that time could fly in balloons or something.. So are you suggesting then that the ancient nazca folk had the ability to refine and then bottle gas, and use a jet burner to inflate such ballons?
Comment icon #30 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 12 June, 2015, 15:35
So are you suggesting then that the ancient nazca folk had the ability to refine and then bottle gas, and use a jet burner to inflate such ballons? Think these things through Seeder. They obviously flew using the same anti-gravity equipment that they used to make Puma Punku.
Comment icon #31 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 12 June, 2015, 17:11
Actually from what I understand, most can be seen quite easily from surrounding hillsides. No flight required Oh ok thats something new i just learnt..
Comment icon #32 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 12 June, 2015, 17:14
So are you suggesting then that the ancient nazca folk had the ability to refine and then bottle gas, and use a jet burner to inflate such ballons? Not really. Just tot mayb they had some kind of floating device..


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