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Has the Nazca Lines mystery been solved ?

Posted on Wednesday, 27 January, 2021 | Comment icon 10 comments

Were the Nazca Lines designed to transport water ? Image Credit: Yamagata University / IBM
A new archaeological study has reportedly discovered the true purpose of the enigmatic Peruvian geoglyphs.
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.

Exactly how and why the ancient people who once lived in the region created these geoglyphs remains unclear, but now a team of archaeologists headed up by Spanish engineer Carlos Hermida believe that they have finally found the answer.
The Nazca Lines, they argue, were a complex irrigation system designed to bring water to the plains.

"Not only have we unveiled the mystery with numerous and conclusive proofs, but we have also discovered a system that can save millions of lives around the world," said Hermida.

The team's findings will be officially presented next month.

"The disclosure of this study will lead us to understand from now on the famous Nazca Lines as a complex system of water management for the irrigation of vast extensions of the desert, which had the objective of controlling it and taking advantage of it in the different seasons of the year in the face of such changing humidity conditions in that region," the official press release reads.

Source: Digital Journal | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Timothy on 21 January, 2021, 23:15
Will look forward to their ‘numerous and conclusive proofs’ and the system they discovered ‘that can save millions of lives around the world.’ These claims read rather dubiously. And why wait until February if you have a system which can save millions of lives around the world? Share the info.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Robotic Jew on 27 January, 2021, 12:26
And obviously the aliens taught them how to irrigate the desert with drawing of hummingbirds and weird looking dudes...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Tom1200 on 27 January, 2021, 13:58
Interesting... except that they will rather lonely if they go to Cordoba.  There will be a conference in Barcelona on Feb 11-12 which is only 1000 km away, so perhaps they're planning a daily commute. It took about a minute of lazy research to find this out.  It seriously bothers me that the same story can be found on a thousand sites yet nobody appears to have checked this? Or perhaps they're going to present to the Eleventh International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, which will be meeting in Cordoba in June? https://reli... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado on 27 January, 2021, 15:10
Anyone translate the gist of this....?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 27 January, 2021, 18:22
Two issues: One, I find it peculiar that in the history of the Christian faith, Christians have always envisioned that god, the angels, saints, and all the souls in a "heaven" are all above the clouds, and one must look UP of course to be looking toward heaven. Now, what is so hard  to envision that the Nazca culture feels similarly in that their gods are above the clouds, hence, that is the reason why the lines are created  to be seen from above only. The "made to be seen by ET" - theory is without substantiation and is likely total bull, IMO. Secondly, this theory of "irrigation" is - IMO, j... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Tatetopa on 27 January, 2021, 19:14
Physical evidence can be interpreted.  The minds of people and their esoteric reasons for creating seemingly non-functional artifacts can't be accurately reproduced without introducing bias from the interpreter and their own culture. I notice the Nazca lines are still part of one of the driest deserts on earth.  There is no reported evidence of organic remains in their vicinity.  If it had been for irrigation, you would expect some evidence remaining in the soil.   Like good engineers, the Spanish team could recreate the lines somewhere else and test their theory.   Wanna bet they never do?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Seti42 on 28 January, 2021, 0:27
If they were used for irrigation, there would be evidence of water flow erosion in the geoglyphs themselves. Some would likely also still channel water. There's no evidence, that I've seen, of either.
Comment icon #8 Posted by ercbreeze on 28 January, 2021, 6:26
Makes sense: Draw various and artistic pictures in the desert to irrigate.   (sarcasm here)
Comment icon #9 Posted by keithisco on 3 February, 2021, 15:17
Irrigation in Nazca was effected using the subterranean Puqois system - which is well described (at least since 2003) and have no relationship to the geoglyphs. Dodgy research is my guess: Wiki
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hammerclaw on 8 February, 2021, 21:51
No, they're just darker surface material scraped off a few inches to expose the lighter sub strata.

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