Over 100 animals found carved into Peruvian desert — RT World News

The designs are located on the Nazca plain among other man-made structures believed to be over 2,000 years old

Peruvian and Japanese archaeologists have discovered 168 newly carved designs on Peru’s Nazca plain and the surrounding area after photographing the site by drone for two years. Unlike the more abstract Nazca Lines, which can only be seen from the air, the newly discovered carvings can be seen from the ground, lead researcher Masato Sakai of Yamagata University told Reuters. on Monday.

According to the researchers, the carvings, located about 250 miles south of the capital Lima on the Peruvian coast, depict humans, cats, snakes, whales, birds, llamas, llamas, and llamas. other organisms dating back more than 2,000 years. The newly found images are about 2 to 6 meters long, while the previously discovered lines stretch up to 30 miles.

Since 2004, researchers have found 190 statues in the area, and many more await discovery. The new descriptions will be used in artificial intelligence-based surveys to help preserve the unexplored carvings, which are at risk of destruction.”due to the recent expansion of mining-related workshops in the archaeological park,” according to Sakai.

The lines were created by removing some layers of dark rock leaving light-colored sand underneath, and the lack of rain and wind over the centuries has left the resulting designs largely intact. Archaeologists have been unable to agree on the purpose of the designs. Some believe they were used in religious ceremonies, while others claim that they served astronomical purposes.

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