The Nazca Lines & Symbols: The Discovery

Julio C. Tello1In 1927, archaeologist Mejia Xespe an assistant to Julio C. Tello, the Father of Peruvian Archeology - was told of the presence of some mysterious geoglyphs or lines or traces on the ground along the Peruvian coast.  In those days, he had just started his archaeological studies and had not given much importance to these suggestive lines in the Pampas Nasca.   It is important to understand that the appeal of an unknown series of lines was much lower than other, more attractive archaeological sites, such as Chavin, Chan-Chan, and, of course, the majestic Machu Picchu in Cuzco department. 

It was that same year, 1927, that Dr. Paul Kosok, another researcher in ancient agriculture, from the United States, came to Peru, attracted by these pre-Columbian cultures.  He learned of the Nasca Lines, and thinking them to be remnants of agricultural irrigation systems, chose to explore them.  On one of his first trips through the south, he had seen the extensive lines of many on both sides of the road near the mountains.    
      
More than just a curiosity, Kosok note the clean and uniform strokes apparently used in creating these diverse geometric figures: triangles, rectangles, quadrangles, etc. The lines extended in multiple directions and assembling into fine roads, sidewalks, and broad avenues.

Great was his surprise when he discovered that the lines formed geometric shapes, even animals!  That one of the drawings actually produced the unmistakable shape of a bird in flight. But he had found the key to the riddle? Some at the time simply thought this was the World's Largest Book of Astronomy, equating the lines and symbols with the constellations. 

Subsequent studies suggested that the Nascans built these lines in order to mark various dates on their astronomical calendar, such as the arrival of winter, summer, and other events related to their agricultural and cultural activities. 

In 1946, he returned to the United States, but not before suggesting to Maria Reiche, who had assisted in the investigation, that she pursue the study of the drawings that he had begun to decipher. Maria devoted her life to this work.

Related: 
Nasca Lines: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/archaeology/nasca-lines/

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