2000 Years old cat etching at Nazca Lines, Peru
2000 Years old cat etching at Nazca Lines, Peru


The feline image that stretches for 409 yards on the hillside in Peru was found while remodeling a section of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A creature with  pointy ears, orb-like eyes and a long striped tail was found. The Archaeologists were tripped on seeing the faded etching that resembles cat lounging. 

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In between the towns of Nazca and Palpa, in the desert plain extending about 250 miles southeast of the capital, Lima the catlike geoglyph dates back to 200B.C- 100B.C is the latest discovery among the carvings of larger-than-life animals and plants says the experts. Images of a hummingbird, a monkey and an orca were unearthed at the Nazca lines. The Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca were designated as the World Heritage Site since 1994 by the UNESCO. The cat etching is the oldest of all. 

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The researchers believes these designs were  created when ancient Peruvians scraped off a dark and rocky layer of earth, which contrasts with lighter-colored sand underneath. They believe these figures might have served as travel markers. The advanced phoptography techniques like Drone leads to lot of such inventions.  In 2019, Japan researchers , aided by satellite photography and three-dimensional imaging, unearthed more than 140 new geoglyphs at the site. The figure was about to disapppear because of its location on as steep slope that is prone to natural erosion, the cultural ministry said in a statement. 

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