April 15, 2018
New Nazca and Paracas Geoglyphs Discovered Using New Technology
Peruvian researchers have found 50 undiscovered geoglyphs in the Nazca area, and in Palpa province, using drone and satellite technology. Many known geoglyphs have also been mapped with the new technology in much greater detail. Some of the newly discovered geoglyphs were drawn by the Nazca culture between 200-700 CE. Others were carved by the earlier Paracas and Topara cultures at 500 BCE-200 CE. The Paracas glyphs are drawn on hillsides and often depict humans, most are warriors. So there is a geoglyph tradition preceding the Nazca by 1000 years in Peru.
Satellites can capture a foot wide object from 383 miles above the earth, equivalent to seeing a single human hair from 650 feet away. Low flying drones flying at 200 feet can see objects a half inch wide in great detail. The new research will continue into the future.
National Geographic has the news here with photos and a video;
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