Just when you thought they couldn’t get any weirder…
High winds and sand storms in Peru have uncovered previously unseen ancient Nazca lines within the Nazca plains. The new lines, known as geoglyphs, were spotted by pilot Eduardo Herran and researcher Gomez De La Torre whilst flying over the Peruvian desert last week, as reported by the El Comercio.
The newly unveiled lines have appeared near to the original etchings by the El Ingenio Valley and Pampas de Jumana. The new images atthe UNESCO World Heritage Site have been revealed as a bird, a snake, a zig zag, and llamas. Archaeologists are now attempting to determine whether these lines match the ancient Paracas culture in the Inca region of Peru, which existed from 800 – 100 BC.
New lines are revealed by the strong winds in the Nazca pic.twitter.com/9wQKInmg16
— Anselm Pi Rambla (@pirambla) August 3, 2014
The Nazca Lines stretch across approximately 280 square miles and are best seen from a high vantage point. It is believed that the lines were dug into the ground between 500 BC and 500 AD and used for astronomical rituals, although there are a number of theories surrounding this great mystery.