2000-Year-Old Giant Cat Figure Drawing Found in Peru

Peru geoglyph

Peru's Ministry of Culture tweeted, "In the midst of the remodelling work that is being carried out at the Natural Viewpoint, in the Pampa de Nazca, a new figurative geoglyph was identified, -corresponding to a feline-, which had been drawn on one of the slopes of this hill".

Peruvian archaeologists have uncovered a 37-meter-long (120-foot-long) cat etching in a little-explored area of the country's celebrated Nazca Lines UNESCO heritage site which is home to hundreds of huge geoglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. According to Peru's Ministry of Culture, the cat was carved into an arid hillside 2,000 years ago.

In a written statement, the ministry said the newly discovered geoglyph, which is 37 meters long, was barely visible and at danger of becoming completely erased due to its position on a steep slope, subjecting it to the effects of natural erosion. These include a hummingbird, a monkey, and a pelican.

The Nazca Lines were first discovered by a Peruvian aerial surveyor in 1927.

Found in a region of Peru just over 200 miles southeast of Lima, near the modern town of Nazca, the lines are a subject of mystery for over 80 years with questions about their formation and the objective they served.

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Drone photography has led to several discoveries in recent years, Isla said. The lines are mostly well defined, and the image is formed by lines of variable width, which goes from 30 to 40 centimeters.

Officials theorize that the drawing actually predates the more famous geoglyphs and is instead from the Late Paracas period, which refers to a Pre-Colombian Andean society that occupied what is now known as the Ica Region of Peru between 800 BCE and 100 BCE.

"And in reality, you will find new ones and we'll continue to discover more".

Peru's principal archaeologist for the Nazca lines, Johny Isla, announced to Efe news agency that the cat is different from other animals that are created from 200 to 700 AD making them part of the Nazca culture. He said, "We realised the access to the look-out point ran over a geoglyph and we chose to alter it because it's not possible to promote access by damaging heritage".

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