Geoglyphs are figures drawn on hillsides or plains. In Peru, there are some world famous ones in the Nazca Lines. Now something new has been added. It is the geoglyph of a llama about 17 meters high and 10 meters wide. Nearby, there are other figures and camelids. The geoglyphs discovered in Peru are in the south of the country, in Tacna.
A group of archaeologists making a record of quilcas at the Miculla-Pachía Complex, near Tacna. Geoglyphs had already been discovered at this archaeological site. None with such complex scenes. This is what Martin Chanta, one of the researchers who participated in this discovery, explained.
José Antonio Hudtwalcker Morán and María Leyva Velazco also participated. They had observed in the mountainous area some shapes that caught their attention. With those clues, they made a drone flight and managed to find the scene. The camelid observed would be a llama and would be being held by a man with a rope. There are more around, Chanta explained. “It’s a very complex scene,” he said.
The president of the Peruvian Association of Rock Art, archaeologist Gori Tumi Echevarría, called it impressive. He said there are, at least, three moments of production of these images.
“From the state of preservation, it is seen that, at least, there are three disaggregated groups. The large zoomorphs (llamas) are separated. These camelids have a wide, quadrangular body and four legs. They are very ancient,” he commented.
The geoglyphs discovered in Peru were part of an investigation by the Ares consulting firm. It is financed by the Ministry of Culture. This entity works in the legal physical sanitation of this heritage, to protect it from land invaders.
“We are facing an extremely complex corpus. And that is what makes this evidence sensational,” said the archaeologists.