The dune sand of southern Peru, created centuries ago with the geography of hummingbirds, monkeys, orcas – and some who would like to be surprised is an astronaut – who has now revealed the form of a gigantic cat in a desert mountain bed.
The cat’s delicate line between 200 bbc and 100 bb, emerged during the work to improve a hill’s improve access that offers a natural feature from which many designs can be seen.
Since 1994, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nazca Lines, made up of hundreds of geometric and zoomorphic images, has been created by removing rocks and earth to expose conflicting materials. They are located 250 miles (400 km) south of Lima and cover about 450 square kilometers (175 square miles) from the arid coastal plains of Peru.
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture said in a statement this week that the figure was barely visible and was on the verge of disappearing as it was located on a fairly steep slope affected by the effects of natural erosion.
“Last week, the geography was clear and protected, and the profile shows a figure of a cat with its head at the front.” He said the cat was 37 by 37 meters long, with well-defined lines measuring from 0 cm to 40 cm wide.
“It’s quite surprising that we’re still looking for new figures, but we also know that more can be found,” Johnny Isla, Peru’s chief archaeologist for Lines, told the Spanish news agency Efen.
“Over the past few years, the use of drones has allowed us to take images of mountains.”
Isla said that between 80 and 100 new individuals have emerged in the Nazca and Palpa valleys in recent years, all predicting Nazca culture (AD200-700). “These are small in size, drawn along the shores of the Hills, and clearly related to the earlier tradition.”
Archaeologists say the cat was put out at the end of the Paracas era, which lasted from 500 BB to AD 200. “We know that by comparing iconography,” Isla said. “Paracas, for example, shows fabrics, birds, cats and people that are easily comparable to this geography.”