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Giant drawing of Cat at UNESCO World Heritage site in Peru

Date: 22 October 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The discovery of a hitherto unknown massive carving of a resting cat on the slope of a steep hill has gained attraction on social media.

 

Background

Peru’s famous Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its depictions of larger-than-life animals, plants, and imaginary beings.

 

Details

  • Considered among the top places to visit in Peru, the Nazca Lines are a group of geoglyphs, or large designs made on the ground by creators using elements of the landscape such as stones, gravel, dirt or lumber.

  • Drawn more than 2 millennia ago on the surface of southern Peru’s arid Pampa Colorada (“Red Plain” in Spanish), the geoglyphs feature different subjects, but mainly plants and animals.

  • The figures include pelicans (the largest ones sized around 935 feet long), Andean Condors (443 feet), monkeys (360 feet), hummingbirds (165 feet), and spiders (150 feet).

  • There are also geometric shapes, such as triangles, trapezoids, and spirals, and some have been associated with astronomical functions.

  • The Lines were first discovered in 1927, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. 

  • The cat geoglyph, believed to be older than the ones previously found at Nazca, was discovered by archaeologists carrying out maintenance in the area during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Representations of felines of this type are frequent in the iconography of ceramics and textiles of the Paracas society.