2,000 Years Old, Giant Cat Etching Discovered by Archaeologists in Peru

Recently, archaeologists from the Nasca-Palpa Management Plan of the Ministry of Culture and the technical personnel in charge of remodeling work that is being carried out in the Natural Viewpoint, in the Pampa de Nasca in Peru, have uncovered a new geoglyph.

The said figure is that of a cat and it was found etched on a slope of a hill. The 37 meters long or 120 feet long, giant cat etching has its body in profile, and the head facing front and lines the made up the drawing are between 30 and 40 cm wide.

Source: Culture Ministry Image and Communication Office

“The figure was in the process of disappearing due to the fact that it is on a hillside and is more than 2,000 years old, and the erosion had been very strong. So, this has basically allowed it to remain hidden for many years,” said Peru’s chief archaeologist for the Nazca lines, Johny Isla.

Based on the press release published by the Ministry of Culture of Peru on October 15, 2020, it was revealed that according to its stylistic features, the figure was from the Late Paracas period which dates back 100 to 200 years before our era.

The lines and geoglyphs have deep meaning and symbolism since according to the ministry, they express the magical and religious world of the pre-Hispanic Paracas and Nasca societies.

“Today they are testimony to the creative genius of the ancient American settlers, and to the unique concepts and forms of religious expression that they developed throughout their history,” stated the Ministry of Culture.

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Source: Science Alert, Spanish News Agency EFE, Ministry of Culture, Reuters, Reuters Official YouTube

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