Based on its stylistic features, the figure dates from the late Paracas period, around 100 B.C. Johny Isla, Peru's chief archaeologist for the Nazca lines, told Efe news agency that the cat pre-dates the Nazca culture - which created most of the figures from 200 to 700 AD. “Over the past week, the geoglyph was cleaned and conserved, and shows a feline figure in profile, with its head facing the front.” It said the cat was 37 metres long, with well-defined lines that varied in width between 30cm and 40cm. The discovery was made during remodeling work being done in the popular tourist spot. The feline Nazca line, dated to between 200BC and 100BC, emerged during work to improve access to one of the hills that provides a natural vantage point from which many of the designs can be seen. The geoglyph of the cat measures 121 feet long and is part of the U.N. World Heritage site Nazca Lines, located almost 250 miles from Lima. The geoglyphs and lines of Nasca and Palpa are a collection of huge etchings depicting imaginary figures, creatures and plants that were etched on the surface of a coastal desert between 500 B.C. / CBS News. To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. "They are the most outstanding group of geoglyphs anywhere in the world and are unmatched in its extent, magnitude, quantity, size, diversity and ancient tradition to any similar work in the world," UNESCO said. Neolithic paintings in Spain reveal art was social activity for both sexes, Back to the Roo-ture? The mysterious Peruvian geoglyphs cover an area of 75,358.47 hectares and there are thousands of lines and images cut into the dry and sandy soil. The dun sands of southern Peru, etched centuries ago with geoglyphs of a hummingbird, a monkey, an orca – and a figure some would dearly love to believe is an astronaut – have now revealed the form of an enormous cat lounging across a desert hillside. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. Huge cat found etched into desert among Nazca Lines in Peru Feline geoglyph from 200-100BC emerges during work at Unesco world heritage site It said the cat was 37 metres long, with well-defined lines that varied in width between 30cm and 40cm. The Nazca lines, a Unesco World Heritage site, is home to designs on the ground - known as geoglyphs - created some 2,000 years ago. A Unesco world heritage site since 1994, the Nazca Lines, which are made up of hundreds of geometric and zoomorphic images, were created by removing rocks and earth to reveal the contrasting materials below. The figure of a relaxing cat has been discovered in the Nazca desert in Peru. to 200 B.C. The massive cat carving is the latest finding at the mysterious Nazca Lines site. “Paracas textiles, for example, show birds, cats and people that are easily comparable to these geoglyphs.”, Available for everyone, funded by readers, Study of fingerprints left at Los Machos site thousands of years ago reveal age and sex of artists, Image of 15th-century Abbot John of Wheathampstead bears likeness to contemporary figures, Pieces of bone were turned into ornaments, and may have been placed on display, Teenage volunteers on archaeological dig unearth 425 coins dating back to 9th century. The feline figure was barely visible and was disappearing because of its location on a slope and natural erosion, the ministry of culture said Thursday. When do states certify their election results? Feline geoglyph from 200-100BC emerges during work at Unesco world heritage site, Sun 18 Oct 2020 13.53 BST “Over the past few years, the use of drones has allowed us to take images of hillsides.”, Isla said between 80 and 100 new figures had emerged over recent years in the Nazca and Palpa valleys, all of which predated the Nazca culture (AD200-700). and  500 A.D. The feline rendering dates back to the Late Paracas period between 200-100 BC, making it … You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. According to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the geoglyphs are believed to have had ritual astronomical functions. The discovery of the giant cat geoglyph can help experts to better understand the earlier culture’s contribution to the Nazca Lines, which were only rediscovered in the early 20th century. They lie 250 miles (400km) south of Lima and cover about 450 sq km (175 sq miles) of Peru’s arid coastal plain. This handout photo provided by Peru's Ministry of Culture-Nasca-Palpa shows the figure of a feline on a hillside in Nazca, Peru, Friday. Be in the know. Scientists believe the cat, as with other Nazca animal figures, was created by making depressions in the desert floor, leaving coloured earth exposed. Jhony Islas/AP. “These are smaller in size, drawn on to hillsides, and clearly belong to an earlier tradition.”, The archaeologist said the cat had been put out during the late Paracas era, which ran from 500BC to AD200. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. The geoglyph of the cat measures 121 feet long and is part of the U.N. World Heritage site Nazca Lines, located almost 250 miles from Lima. For at least 2000 years this cat was relaxing on a hillside in Nazca, Peru. This handout photo provided by Peru's Ministry of Culture-Nasca-Palpa shows the figure of a feline on a hillside in Nazca, Peru, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. “We know that from comparing iconographies,” said Isla. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Scratching the surface: drones cast new light on mystery of Nazca Lines. Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. 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Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. "Representations of felines of this type are frequent in the iconography of ceramics and textiles of the Paracas society," the ministry said in a press release.


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