The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru which are only visible from the air.

These ancient figures are made by the ancient tribes of Nazca, who lived in the area from 500 B.C. and 500 A.D., and some consider these designs as the “crop circles” of South America. Just like crop circles, the process to create geoglyphs, and their purpose remains a mystery until today, but the mystery continues with the new discoveries.

The three new huge geoglyphs spotted by Eduardo Herrán Gómez de la Torre, a pilot and Nazca lines researcher in late July are estimated to be 2000 years old and was found while he was flying his airplane over the Peruvian desert.  A recent gale and sandstorm are thought to have revealed the previously unseen ancient designs and they were figures of a bird, a camel or llama and 200-feet long snake.

Eduardo Herrán Gómez said that the designs might be one of the creations that the prehistoric culture of Paracas made. The Paracas are well-known for their elegant art and fabric. The culture ruled southern Peru from 800 B.C to 100 B.C and predated the Nazca culture who lately ruled the region during 100 B.C to 800 A.D.. The recent discovery will somehow bring new understanding on the ancient Nazca people.

The Nazca lines stretch about 280 square miles in the coastal plain areas of the Peruvian desert. The UNESCO recognizes it as a World Heritage for its geometrical designs and depiction of animals and plants. Some say that these designs had ritual astronomic functions as they can only be seen up in the air. Famous Nazca lines figures were the hummingbird, orca, spider, shark and the famous waving alien or astronaut friend.

Whatever the Nazca lines purpose are for the ancient inhabitants of Peru, its unrivaled uniqueness and diversity adds up to the magnificent artistic achievements of the prehistoric world. The Nazca lines will continue to capture the imagination of our present world and it will continue to do so in our future.

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  • Chris Dews

    it is incredible how this nazca lines are formed