South of Lima, Peru, lies the Pampa de Nasca. It is world famous for the Nasca Lines, an enigmatic landscape made of geoglyphs. It is interpreted as a message to the gods, an astronomical calendar, and more. Be that as it may, his figures in the sand are fascinating. And they keep appearing: now the geoglyph of a cat discovered in Nasca is being added.
Search in the sand
It’s a new giant figurative geoglyph. It is 2,200 years old and is equivalent to a cat. Peruvian archaeologists identified it on the side of a hill in the Pampa de Nasca.
The figure was barely visible. And it was about to go away because it is on a fairly steep slope and due to the effects of natural erosion. In the last week the cleaning and preservation of the geoglyph was carried out. This shows the figure of a cat shown with the body in profile and the head forward. Its lines were well defined for the most part by a line of variable width between 30 and 40 centimeters.
The figure is 37 meters long and viewed horizontally. According to its stylistic features, it comes from the late Paracas period. That said, it is older than the famous figures of the Nasca Pampas, which were dated 100 to 200 years before our time.
Cats in the Paracas culture
It’s not unusual. Representations of cats of this type are common in the iconography of ceramics and textiles of the Paracas society. This is mentioned in a statement from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.
The lines and geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa form a cultural landscape with deep meaning and symbolism. They express the magical and religious world of the pre-Hispanic societies Paracas and Nasca. For over 1,500 years they were drawn on desert sand and mountains in a large area in southern Peru. The geoglyph of a cat discovered in Nasca shows that we have not yet seen everything.