Nazca Lines

nazca lines


The Nazca lines in Peru date back to as far back as 500 B.C. There are various animal shapes, birds, a man, and different geometric patterns scattered around the region. The reason for the creation of these geoglyphs is unknown. There have been many theories regarding their purpose including roadways, irrigation canals, an astronomical calendar, ritual offerings, part of a mystical system of creations around the world along ley lines, and landing places or messages to or from aliens.

The common sense explanations such as roadways and irrigation canals make no sense due to the shape and depth. In addition, the fact that they are in recognizable shapes seems to indicate that they have more meaning than something so pedestrian. One thing which has been demonstrated is that these giant images aren’t really visible from the ground, but they certainly are by air. This begs the question of who they were built for that long ago. Were there beings or aircraft to whom these were visible in prehistoric times?

These aren’t the only geoglyphs in the world, but this particular location does have the highest number of them. One theory currently being examined is that they may have been used as markers for the location of underground water. This is an interesting theory, but does it explain the easily recognizable shapes? To my knowledge, water does not form patterns which resemble animals or geometric shapes. As with so many things without an easy explanation, there are at least as many questions as there are answers. Perhaps someday we will know more about the Nazca lines, but in the meantime they remain one of the world’s many unsolved mysteries.

To see artwork which goes with this work, click here to go to the blog of Evangeline who I am collaborating with for this year’s A to Z!


10 thoughts on “Nazca Lines

  1. I always wondered what the deal was with those lines. Didn’t Greenpeace recently put up a sign near them or deface them somehow?

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