Archaeologists in southern Peru have discovered new rock lines that predate the well known Nazca lines by centuries. This was published in the Live Science Website.
Apparently the new rock lines were likely once marked the site of ancient fairs. This was said by Charles Stanish, the director of the Cotsen Institute of Archeology of the University of California (Los Angeles).
The lines were created by the Paracas culture, that predated the Nazca Culture; if so, this makes the new lines at least 300 years older than the giant and world famous geoglyphs or rock lines that can be seen in Nazca.
There are lines in the shapes of different animals such as monkeys, llamas, spiders and birds.
Stanisch says the Paracas people used the lines in a different way than the Nazca people. “They basically created these areas of highly ritualized processions and activities that were not settled permanently.”
The 71 geoglyph lines, 353 rock cairns, and a number of ancient mounds were uncovered over three field seasons of work in the Chincha Valley (at the south of the Peruvian capital Lima).
The Nazca lines are one of Peru’s most popular attractions next to other famous and interesting sites such as Machu Picchu, the Saced Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca, Paracas, Ballestas Islands and so many others.
In Nazca tourist have the opportunity to take a small plane over the ancient geoglyphs; the lines are one of the greatest archaeological enigmas in the world.