Today's post is brought to us by researcher/writer, Andrew Whitecross from the UK. I've been privileged to know him many years and appreciate his curious mind and desire to understand the mysteries of our world. This is utterly fascinating content -
Nazca Lines in Peru are very large geoglyphs made in the soil. These mysterious people who placed them for whatever purpose had spent enormous amounts of man hours digging back the soil to expose the undersoil of a different color.
With moisture from the morning mist, it hardens to form a protective layer that prevents erosion. Most of the lines were formed on the ground by a shallow trench at a depth of about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm). They removed the reddish-brown iron oxide coated on pebbles. When the gravel was removed, the lighter clay earth was exposed at the bottom of the trench. The colors contrasted sharply. The sublayer contains high levels of lime.
The curiousity about these lines are that the figures formed on the ground can only be appreciated from up above.
Dated at somewhere between 500 BCE (before common era) and 500 CE (common era), this was a huge undertaking in an extremely arid region.
Before we get to the why's, let's learn a bit more about them.
who made them?
Anthropologists believe the Nazca Culture (which began 10 BCE and flourished from 1 CE to 700 CE), created the majority of the Nazca lines.
The area around the lines is nearly 170 square miles.
Since 1994, this was designated as a Unesco World Heritage protected site.
spider (154 ft long)
monkey (305 ft x 90 ft)
hummingbird (305 ft long)
condor (440 ft long)
The Nazca lines continue today to baffle and amaze. Anyone who tried to make tracks in the snow so airplanes could see it knows how very difficult a task it is to make a figure on a large scale. Thankfully, this arid location kept the figures, but buried the secrets....