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Here's a layout courtesy of
There are over sixty images, some hundreds of feet long, and many radiating straight lines as well. Of course there is rampant speculation as to the meaning of the symbols and the act of constructing them. The builders died out leaving little behind other than mummified bodies and artifacts in graves that were thoroughly pillaged even before the Lines were (re)discovered.
mummified remains, buried in underground rooms, were accompanied by
tools and household goods, including valuable ceramics, and fabrics,
which rarely survived. Grave robbers left the remains scattered about, and archaeologists have been gathered what they could and set back in place. What looks like tails is in fact hair.|
Even if one of the figures may resemble an astronaut, I'm not buying the 'aliens in spaceships' theory about the origin of the Lines. I like the idea expounded by the astronomer who gives the nightly planetarium show at the Nasca Lines Hotel. He points out that this was a desert culture necessarily focused upon water, who perhaps made processions of prayer or praise along the straight Lines which might have been oriented towards a particular source.
|Dr. Maria Reich, a German mathematician, was so fascinated by the Nasca Lines that she spent her life researching them, right here in this room, now a museum. You could say she was the one who put them on the map and gave Peru's tourism a big boost.|
Here are a few more pictures taken in the area