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Submission + - Newly Discovered Nazca Lines Hiding in The Desert For Thousands of Years (sciencealert.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Archaeologists in Peru have made a stunning discovery: over 50 previously unknown Nazca lines — and some of them are centuries older than the most famous of these magnificent desert drawings.

Most of these mysterious geoglyphs were created by the Nazca people, who lived in the area 1300 to 1800 years ago. But the researchers believe that some of the newfound ones were created even earlier — by the Paracas and Topará people, who lived there up to 700 years earlier.

The lines have been a source of fascination and wonder for decades. Created by pushing aside the top layer of red desert pebbles to reveal the pale layer underneath, these geoglyphs span vast tracts of the Nazca Desert, between the towns of Nazca and Palpa.

Some of them form geometric shapes, some are simple lines, and some are combined into elaborate depictions of animals and objects.

The most wondrous thing about these ancient symbols is that you often can't see what they depict from ground level. You have to get up in the air to discern the patterns, which is why their full glory wasn't understood until after the invention of airplanes.

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Newly Discovered Nazca Lines Hiding in The Desert For Thousands of Years

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