Dong-sands in southern Peru, engraved centuries ago by the geoglyphs of hummingbirds, monkeys, orcas – and figures that some would like to believe are astronauts – have now revealed the shape of a huge cat lying on a desert slope.
The Nazca cat line, dating from 200 to 100 BC. E., appeared during the work to improve access to one of the hills, which provides a natural view from which you can see many structures.
The Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994, made up of hundreds of geometric and zoomorphic images, were created by removing rocks and earth to reveal contrasting materials below. They lie 400 miles (400 km) south of Lima and occupy about 450 square meters. Km of waterless coastal plains of Peru.
“This figure was barely visible and was about to disappear, as it is located on a fairly steep slope, prone to the effects of natural erosion,” – said in a statement the Peruvian Ministry of Culture this week.
“Over the last week, the geoglyph has been cleaned and preserved, and it has a cat figure in profile with its head facing forward.” It says that the cat is 37 meters long, with well-defined lines that varied in width from 30 to 40 cm.
“It’s very impressive that we are still finding new figures, but we also know that there is much more to be found,” said John Isla, Peru’s chief archaeologist, to the Spanish news agency Efe.
“Over the last few years, the use of drones has allowed us to take pictures of the slopes.”
Isla stated that in recent years, between 80 and 100 new figures had appeared in the Nazca and Palpa valleys, who had preceded the Nazca culture (200-700 AD). “They are smaller, stretched on the slopes of the hills, and clearly belong to an earlier tradition.”
The archaeologist said the cat was killed during the late Paracas era, which lasted from 500 BC. E. “We know this by comparing iconography,” Isla said. “Paracas’ fabrics, for example, depict birds, cats and people that are easy to compare to these geoglyphs.”