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143 new Nazca geoglyphs discovered in Peru

By T.K. Randall
November 19, 2019 · Comment icon 25 comments

One of the many new geoglyphs uncovered by the AI. Image Credit: Yamagata University / IBM
Researchers have used an artificial intelligence to identity previously unseen drawings on the desert floor.
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 ground more than 2,000 years ago.

Now researchers from Japan's Yamagata University have revealed the discovery of 143 additional geoglyphs dating back to between 100 BCE and 300 CE.

The team used an IBM artificial intelligence system to analyze large amounts of high-resolution satellite and drone imagery and to look for the telltale signs of man-made markings.
Many of these had mostly worn away and would have been next to impossible to spot otherwise.

"All of these figures were created by removing the black stones that cover the land, thereby exposing the white sand beneath," the team wrote.

While nobody is quite sure exactly why the geoglyphs were created, some researchers believe that they were designed to be seen by deities up in the sky or that they had astronomical significance.

The fact that they had been designed to be seen only from high above has long made them a particularly fascinating phenomenon.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (25)

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Comment icon #16 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
I like the one that looks like a three eared bunny with a club.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 5 years ago
The Atlantean used the lines as a racetrack, they called it NAZCA racing. 
Comment icon #18 Posted by Nnicolette 5 years ago
No! Anybody with eyes can see that they aren't even drawing the lines correctly. Theres lines below not drawn and parts not included. Also that "two headed snake" very clearly is a bit longer than the idiotic drawing on the picture... 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
STOP IT!!! JUST STOP IT!!!  Damn Swedes!!! 
Comment icon #20 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 5 years ago
Make me.  Your mean.  I thought about reporting you to a moderator, but then I remembered that @kmt_sesh can be just as mean as you are. 
Comment icon #21 Posted by kmt_sesh 5 years ago
You know me too well.
Comment icon #22 Posted by MDagger 5 years ago
It would be nice to see the photos without the imposed outlines drawn over them like the first example to get our own impressions. MDagger
Comment icon #23 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 5 years ago
That tickled me.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Mello_ 5 years ago
I think Nazca peeps used  those lines for religion purpose. I mean how would you else explained such a Sizifs work? Nevertheless Nazca are cool. Same as Inca, Toltec, Olmecs, Anasazi and my fav Maya.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
Most likely.  My ancestors probably built the Great Serpent Mound in response to Halley's Comet. The "Alligator" Mound represents the sacred Panther Clan who are hereditary healers and holy folk.  

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