Peru.. New geoglyphs found on the plateau of the Nazca desert

Archaeologists using aerial photography have discovered 168 new geoglyphs on the Nazca desert plateau in southern Peru. These inscriptions were made by the indigenous people of the Aja region over two thousand years ago.

It should be noted that the most famous geoglyphs on the Nazca plateau are in the form of canyons. When viewed from the air, they look like geometric patterns or images of animals and humanoid creatures.

Scientists have not determined why the indigenous people of Peru painted such large inscriptions. But according to one version, these lines on the ground helped the inhabitants of Nazca to find water in the desert. And the length of the largest geoglyphs reaches hundreds of meters, so standing on the ground it is not possible to understand what kind of figure is drawn there.

European researchers discovered the first geoglyphic inscriptions in the first half of the 20th century, when flights began to pass through this region. Now researchers using drones have discovered a new set of previously unknown patterns.

The newly discovered drawings include images of humans, camels, birds, and marine mammals such as whales, cats, and snakes dating back to between 100 B.C. and 300 AD

Jorge Olano, chief archaeologist of the Nazca Lines Research Program, notes that the average length of the new inscriptions is between two and six meters. That is, it is not as large as previously discovered charges. So it wasn’t easy to find.

Researchers at Yamagata University in Japan, along with Jorge Olano, discovered these geoglyphs during field work from June 2019 to February 2020 using drones equipped with imaging devices. With this discovery, the number of drawings discovered in this area reached 358.

Scientists plan to use drawings to train artificial intelligence. An algorithm being developed at Yamagata University can analyze aerial photographs and look for tiny drawings made by human hands.

The research team is now trying to protect the ancient geoglyphs from destruction. To this end, he is already working with local authorities to create a new archaeological park in the Ayia area.

Source: News. EN