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Drone survey discovers new Nazca geoglyphs


Posted on Saturday, 7 April, 2018 | Comment icon 73 comments

(Pictured) One of the most famous Nazca geoglyphs. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Martin St-Amant
Archaeologists have succeeded in identifying several previously unseen geoglyphs in Peru's Palpa province.
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 around 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 200 meters across.

Now with the help of drone technology, Peruvian archaeologists have discovered a further 50 geoglyphs that are believed to date back up to 2,500 years.

The shapes had previously been missed by satellite surveys due to how thin the lines are.

"This is really a new age of exploration," said National Geographic 's Kristin Romey.


Source: Gizmodo | Comments (73)

Tags: Nazca Lines, Peru

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Comment icon #64 Posted by Not A Rockstar on 11 April, 2018, 16:22
I can imagine tribes or clans sort of vying by making their symbol bigger than the next one, or a rite of manhood, or marriage or maybe any significant thing they wished to come together to celebrate, maybe even some religious ones. Much of the mystique of these cultures we have no written records of very much, if at all, is seeking to understand them. Back in the 60's when I was a kid in Japan, you saw cranes everywhere, the bird sort of crane. It was on jewelry boxes, cans, pictures, elaborate kimonos. If I knew nothing more, I could be forgiven for thinking this was a religious thing, per... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by Hammerclaw on 11 April, 2018, 17:08
I think I'll let the SJWs just soldier on with their--frankly amusing--non expert opinions. Maybe Stonehenge was a cattle pen and the Pyramids were just social work projects, too. LOL
Comment icon #66 Posted by jaylemurph on 11 April, 2018, 19:36
The ways of the Hounds are inscrutable, and the things they ask the Nazca to do likewise. But it could be some manner of ham-firmation magics. --Jaylemurph
Comment icon #67 Posted by Harte on 12 April, 2018, 2:37
They cross a line in the dirt when they do. Harte
Comment icon #68 Posted by Harte on 12 April, 2018, 2:38
Well, you're asking moderns to interpret them. What other sort of interpretations can moderns give? Harte
Comment icon #69 Posted by Merc14 on 12 April, 2018, 2:40
Comment icon #70 Posted by Harte on 12 April, 2018, 2:41
I should add here that they may have had the same figures dyed on the soles of their shoes (or feet.) Harte
Comment icon #71 Posted by Hammerclaw on 12 April, 2018, 2:49
Really doesn't matter. One is entitled to think whatever one wishes. My point is--they were not created in a vacuum, isolated from everything else.. Their creation, their location, their hypothetical utilization is embedded in the cultural complex that surrounded them. I simply echo the conclusions of professionals who studied them for years or a lifetime. If I'm left with nothing but guesses, I prefer the educated ones.
Comment icon #72 Posted by Harte on 12 April, 2018, 2:58
There IS a theory that they are related to the waterways beneath the surface, and maybe at the same time indicative of various clans and their claims (or credit) for the work done to build those small water passages (or perhaps even for the water in them.) But it's not religious, so (apparently) it's not mainstream? I thought it was, but after the religious consensus here, I'm wondering which theory is currently in favor. Not wondering enough to go look, of course. I am far to lazy for that. Harte
Comment icon #73 Posted by Hammerclaw on 12 April, 2018, 8:45
Ye Gods! Water was sacred to them. You're just digging a deeper hole.


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