Year-old cat discovered in Peru's Nazca lines

Elias Hubbard
October 20, 2020

They are located in the desert plains of the basin river of Rio Grande de Nazca, the archaeological site covers an area of approximately 75,358.47 ha where for almost 2,000 uninterrupted years, the region's ancient inhabitants drew on the arid ground a great variety of thousands of large scale zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures and lines or sweeps with outstanding geometric precision, transforming the vast land into a highly symbolic, ritual and social cultural landscape that remains until today.

An ancient ground drawing of a 37-metre long cat has been discovered in the Nazca lines area of the arid Peruvian coastal plain.

Peruvian archaeologists found the 37-metre-long feline on the side of a hill when carrying out maintenance work and it was nearly completely erased. The lines and geoglyphs cover an area of around 450 square kilometers.

"The figure was barely visible and was about to disappear due to its location on a fairly steep slope and the effects of natural erosion", writes the Peru's Ministry of Culture.

The Nazca Lines are a collection of mysterious, huge geoglyphs - which are large designs or motifs produced on the ground - found south of the country's capital Lima.

It added that the geoglyph, which is about 37m long, dates back to the Late Paracas period.

Jhonny said that it might be surprising for few that new designs are still being discovered at Nazca lines but he knows there are more out there.

According to the chief archaeologists, around 80 to 100 new figures have emerged over recent years in the Nazca and Palpa valleys, all of which predated the Nazca culture. Representations of felines of that type were common on Paracas ceramics and textiles.

The cat, which is depicted in a looser, rounder style than some of the more geometric drawings that make up the Nazca Lines, is seen horizontally, with a straight tail and three round shapes making up its facial features. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization website says that these drawings are believed to have had ritual astronomical functions.

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