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Sandstorm Unearths New Nazca Lines


Image credit: El Comercio.

After a sandstorm occurring recently, the unseen geoglyphs were discovered by a pilot when he flied over the Nazca desert.

With the total area of 450 square kilometers, the well-known Nazca Lines on the Peruvian coastal plain was found in 1935. More than 700 geoglyphs took their scratching shape as early as the period between 2,000 and 1,500 years ago. All these geoglyphs vividly represented the pictures of animals, plants and imaginary beings as well as geometric figures. Being designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, they thought to play a ritual astronomical function. Scientists believe that formation of such lines was attributed to removal of several centimeters of pellets coated with iron-oxide, making the lighter sand below in amazing contrast to the rest of the area.

The newly observed figures were discovered by Eduardo Herrán Gómez de la Torre in July on hills of the El Ingenio Valley and Pampas de Jumana. They looked like a 60 meter- long snake, or a bird, perhaps a llama.

As Peruvian newspaper El Comerico put it, scientists believe that these geoglyphs were formed during the transition period between the Paracas and Nazca cultures. However this find needs to be approved authentic by archaeologists in the future.

Source:  Phys.org