Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana

This is for me one of the most intriguing places of the world! Why did the Nazca people do these lines? And how did they do it so perfectly? We can make a lot of suppositions, but we might never know the real answers... All I know is that the drawings are amazing!
These postcards were sent by Steffi

Nazca Lines
 The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 km (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana about 400 km south of Lima. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 500 BC and 500 AD. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirdsspidersmonkeysfishsharksorcas, and lizards. 

The Hummingbird
The designs are shallow lines made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish/grayish ground beneath. Hundreds are simple lines or geometric shapes; more than 70 are zoomorphic designs of animals such as birds, fish, llamas, jaguars, monkeys, or human figures. Other designs include phytomorphic shapes such as trees and flowers. The largest figures are over 200 m (660 ft) across. Scholars differ in interpreting the purpose of the designs, but in general, they ascribe religious significance to them. - in: wikipedia

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