Peruvian archaeologists announced the discovery of over 50 previously unknown geoglyphs on the Nazca plateau. Some of them turned out to be several centuries older than the famous paintings. Most of these amazing images were created by the Nazca culture who lived in this region in the period from II century BC to VII century ad, However, according to researchers some newly discovered paintings can belong to the cultures Paracas and Topar, whose ancestors came to the region even earlier, during the first Millennium BC.
About his discovery, the scientists said in an interview with National Geographic, which noted that the detection of new patterns, consists of patterns and giant figures, was possible thanks to drones. The researchers note that to make the opening previously prevented soil erosion. Collapsing to the ground made the line more thin and blurred, so they could not be seen on satellite images and photographs taken during observation with the plane. Drones equipped with high-resolution cameras, so we were able to obtain clearer images on which these lines are traced.
“This discovery suggests that the famous Nazca geoglyphs is preceded by more than a thousand years of tradition. This conclusion opens the way for new hypotheses about their functions and importance,” says the archaeologist johnny Isla.
One of the images found
New geoglyphs, as they note, made using different techniques and style. The main part of the Nazca lines made in the form of abstract patterns, but many of the lines attributed to the Paracas culture, depict people, mostly soldiers. Varies and their sizes. Many of the images of Nazca cannot be considered, while on earth, they are visible only from the air. Early Paracas figures are depicted on the slopes of the hills, so at a certain angle at certain points people can see them.
Site search helped to determine the volunteers of the project GlobalXplorer. They examined satellite images of the region to find the areas potentially interesting for archaeologists. Researchers also consulted with local experts, gathering information about where there might be unknown geoglyphs.