Different Types Of Nazca Lines And Symbols

The Nazca (and Palpa and Ingenio) symbols are a group of designs representing diverse numbers of animal (including humans) and plant shapes, as well as geometric shapes (such as spirals)

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Long Lines can be found throughout the Nazca region - they are typically narrow (1 meter), but much wider examples can be found.  Long lines can be either very precise, or somewhat rough, based upon their age and period created.  They can be several miles or kilometers long. The purpose of the long lines is not known, however, some of the lone lines are incredible straight and precise of immense distances.  Frequently they lead over obstacles, such as hills and ravines without any significant deviations.

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Nazca parallel lines occur by themselves, and in groups forming complex patterns. Some can be miles long. Parallel lines might have served to focus on a specific place on the distant horizon, since they converge as they lead off into the distance.

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A trapezoid is a triangular shaped line or symbol.  From the narrow point, it might be possible to see a segment of the horizon, such as where the sun might rise or set between specific dates.  Or from the wide end, focus on a particular place on the distant horizon. A trapezoid is a triangular shaped line or symbol.  From the narrow point, it might be possible to see a segment of the horizon, such as where the sun might rise or set between specific dates.  Or from the wide end, focus on a particular place on the distant horizon.

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Runways are different than lines, in that they are wide cleared paths of unknown purpose.  They could be astronomical sight lines, or ceremonial avenues. Runways are different than lines, in that they are wide cleared paths of unknown purpose.  They could be astronomical sight lines, however the labor seems unnecessary.  They may have been ceremonial avenues.  However, what is clear is that they represent significant constructions.

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Symbols
 

Unique to the Nazca area are the zoomorphic symbol geoglyphs depicting numerous plants & animals.  However, the unanswered question, is: where the symbols created by the constructors of the ultra-precise class one lines and trapezoids, or are they an artifact of the later class two constructors?
From the surface, the lines are simply cleared earth exposing the lighted colors soil beneath.  While their construction technique is not rocket science, their alignment and precision of the class one designs clearly is.

Unique to the Nazca area are the zoomorphic symbol geoglyphs depicting numerous plants & animals.  However, the unanswered question, is: where the symbols created by the constructors of the ultra-precise class one lines and trapezoids, or are they an artifact of the later class two constructors?

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