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Centuries ago, the desert floors, hills, and mountains of Pacific Coastal South America were covered by vast networks of drawings: lines and geometric shapes, figures of mammals, insects, and deities. The Nazca Lines, discovered in 1927, are the most extraordinary legacy left by a culture that flourished over 2,000 years ago. These lines, and other geoglyphs, are a series of complex designs, some miles long, which can only be seen in their true dimension from the sky. The pre-Columbian Nazca culture is not believed to have been capable of flight, but the question still remains as to how they crafted the drawings, what technology they used and what purpose the lines served. 
The town of Nazca was founded in 1591 by the Spanish Conquistadores on the Nazca Plateau, without any knowledge of what lay nearby.  Today Nazca is a sleepy little town, slowly developing, where the main economic activity is based on tourism of the lines, agriculture and trade.  Tourism is directly related to the Nazca Lines and other archaeological complexes such as Cahuachi, Estaquería, Chauchilla Tombs, and the Palpa Valley Lines.

Who drew the Nazca Lines?

Who drew the Nazca Lines4Ancient religion? Aliens from outer space? Ancient astronomers? A megalomaniacal artist? Water sources?  Since discovery in 1927, then exploration by American scientist Paul Kosok and German mathematician Maria Reiche in 1939, and through the continuing efforts of Maria Reiche for more than 50 years, the Nazca lines have remained a perplexing enigma of scholars. Originally thought to be the remains of irrigation lines beyond the verdant Nazca valley, it wasn't until they were seen from the air that the lines were fully recognizable as the vast network of incredible artifacts that they are. 

Who drew the Nazca Lines5There are many hypotheses about these amazing geoglyphs, such as Erich von Daniken who argued in "Chariots of the Gods?" that they are the remains of a giant extraterrestrial airport!  However, reality is often much more mysterious than fantasy, and that is the case with Nazca, and other artifacts of the cultures of ancient Peru.  Long before the Inca ruled the Four Kingdoms, the extinct cultures of Nazca, Paracas, Casma, Caral, and elsewhere (such as Chile's Atacama desert), were calculating the passing of time and seasons, and constructing some of the oldest cities in the world! 


New science about the Nazca Lines?

As science progresses we learn more about the civilizations possibly responsible for Nazca and other geoglyphs, but also about the possible reasons for their creation.  Including the latest Aurora relationship with geoglyphs the world over! 

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Nazca Lines: As Many Hypotheses As Lines

Nazca Lines: As Many Hypotheses As Lines
In 1985, the archaeologist Johan Reinhard published archaeological, ethnographic, and historical data demonstrating that worship of mountains and other water sources played a dominant role in Nazca religion and economy from ancient to recent times.

Nazca Lines: Why Create Lines?

Nazca Lines: Why Create Lines?
Even though we know exactly how the lines were made, there is less existing evidence concerning why the figures were built, so the Nazca people's motivation remains the lines' most persistent mystery. Many scholars believe that their motivation was religious, making images that only gods in the sky could see clearly.

Nazca Lines: The Mechanics ... How They Did It?

Nazca Lines: The Mechanics ... How They Did It?
There are several thousand simple lines and geometric patterns on the Nazca plateau and surrounding regions, as well as over seventy curvilinear animal, insect, and human figures in the Nazca area alone, with more in other areas. The area encompassing the Nazca lines is nearly 500 square kilometers (200 square miles)

Introduction To The Nazca Lines

Introduction To The Nazca Lines
Since their discovery, various theories have been proposed regarding the methods and motivations underlying the lines' construction. The archaeological explanation as to who made them and how is widely accepted; namely that the Nazca people made the lines using simple tools and surveying equipment.

Paracas: Cultural Introduction

Paracas: Cultural Introduction
The Paracas culture was an important Andean society between approximately 750 BCE and 100 CE that developed in the Paracas Peninsula, located in what today is the Paracas District of the Pisco Province in the Ica Region. Most of our information about the lives of the Paracas people comes from excavations at the large seaside Paracas necropolis, first investigated by the Peruvian archaeologist Julio Tello in the 1920s.