Ancient drawings on the Nazca Plateau: an unexpected discovery

Sometimes it seems that a person has learned all that is possible about his home planet. But each time the Earth finds new ways to surprise its inhabitants. And even the history of man himself is still full of secrets: yesterday, scientists thought that the famous Nazca lines were studied far and wide - and even today, researchers using a drone discover a new, previously unknown heritage of ancient cultures.

The Nazca lines (or “geoglyphs”) are gigantic geometric and curved images carved on the rocks of the Nazca Plateau in southern Peru. They were first discovered back in 1939, and since then archaeologists have discovered more than 700 figures and about 13, 000 lines covering the rocks. It would seem that over 80 years this territory has been explored far and wide - but more recently, a group of Peruvian archaeologists, armed with flying drones, discovered more than 50 new examples of ancient art. The lines fit so well into the terrain that the human eye could hardly notice them, and only from a bird's eye a full panorama opened.

Photo of new lines

Nat Geo reports that the discovery was facilitated by the fact that in 2014 Greenpeace intentionally damaged several valuable historical monuments in order to attract attention. Studying the damage, archaeologists discovered new drawings - data from the GlobalXplorer research program played a significant role in this.


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