The Nazca Lines Mystery deepens: Gales and sandstorms uncover geoglyphs of a SNAKE and a CAMEL in the Peruvian desert!
The geoglyphs, known as Nazca Lines, were first discovered from above in 1939. It is believed that the Nazca Lines, almost now 700 geoglyphs in total, have been drawn by the ancient Nazca people between the first and sixth centuries. But new lines have just recently been unearthed by high winds and a massive sandstorm in the Peruvian desert. These new forms baffle experts. One of the geoglyphs shows a 196ft-long (60 metre) snake, The other form is undertermined but ressembles a camel lying above an unidentified bird.
The mysteries of the Nazca Lines carved into the Peruvian desert have intensified after gales and sandstorms revealed previously unseen ancient designs. These new figures – a camel, a bird and a long snake, were discovered by pilot Eduardo Herrán Gómez de la Torre as he was flying over the area.
Archaeologists are now working to confirm the authenticity of the lines.
What are the mysterious Nazca Lines?
The Nazca Lines were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The protected area stretches more than 50 miles (80km) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa, 248 miles (400km) south of Lima.
The mystery about why they were created has been debated for decades. One theory is that the geoglyphs are connected in some way to water. All of the drawings were said to have been drawn using a single line, that never crosses itself, and were believed to be an appeal to the gods to bring rain.
Here a video from the Daily Mail about these mysterious lines in the Peruvian desert:
Some 700 geoglyphs are thought to have been drawn by the ancient Nazca people between the first and sixth centuries.
The Nazca Lines are drawn into lighter coloured strata which contrasts with darker gravels on the plain.
In general terms, the geoglyphs fall into two categories: the first group, of which about 70 have been identified, are said to represent natural objects, such as animals, birds and insects. A second is made from lines and more basic shapes such as spirals, triangle and rectangles.
If you have time, here a nice documentary about the Nazca lines and geoglyphs made by National Geographic:
Archaeological surveys have found wooden stakes in the ground at the end of some lines, which support theory the ancient people used simple tools and surveying equipment to construct the lines.
Most of the lines are formed by a shallow trench with a depth of between four inches (10cm) and six inches (15cm), made by removing the reddish-brown iron oxide-coated pebbles that cover the surface of the Nazca desert and exposing the light-coloured earth beneath.
Hopefully, these new Nazca Lines will permit to debunk the mystery behind these ancient and mysterious geoglyphs!