The Nazca (Nasca) Lines
The Nazca (also
lines located in
the Peruvian desert between the towns of Nazca and
Palpa and created, according to new evidence, between 400 and 650
CE are an astonishing
example of what primitive peoples can
create using primitive tools.
Over 300 giant drawings (geoglyphs) were made by
surface of reddish brown stones and
lighter colored earth beneath. They range in complexity from simple
lines to distinctive
shapes that resemble airport runways, birds, fish, llamas, jaguars,
widespread misconception that the glyphs can be observed only from
the sky (they can also be viewed from atop the
surrounding hills) has led many to believe
they were the creation of ancient astronauts who used the markings as
guideposts and landing sites.
Colorful Floridian Jim Woodman,
a frequent visitor to South America, believes the line’s creators had
mastered flight and using materials such as,
rope, cloth and reeds from Lake Titicaca
constructed a hot air balloon, complete with gondola, that porportedly
altitude of 300 feet (90 meters) sufficiently high for primitive locals
to have checked on their handiwork.
As to how the illustrations were created, a grid map and a series of
ranging poles one possible method.
As to why the illustrations were created, probably religious, the
pictures were meant to be seen by the eyes of gods not men.
are concerns that the fragile lines (10 to 30 centimeters deep) might
be damaged by increasing rainfall due to changing weather patterns.
fact that the Nazca desert is one of the driest, least windy places on
Earth is along with its isolated location one of the primary reasons
lines continued existance.)
The "Nazca Lines" have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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