A huge feline figure carved on a desert hillside in Nazca, Peru has been discovered by archaeologists recently. According to Peru’s Ministry of Culture, the cat was carved on a desert hillside over 2,000 years ago and measures approximately 37 metres (121 feet).
The discovery of the cat figure was made during the maintenance work which was being done to improve access to one of the hills that provides visitor’s a vantage point from which many of the designs can be seen.
THE ANCIENT GEOGLYPH
The ancient geoglyph (large design or motif produced on the ground by clastic rocks) forms part of the Nazca Lines, which are a collection of hundreds of mysterious artworks etched onto a plateau 250 miles south of Lima.
A ministry press release said, “The figure was barely visible and was about to disappear as a result of its location on a fairly steep slope and the effects of natural erosion.” However, after undertaking cleaning and conservation work, archaeologists were able to uncover a series of lines varying in width from 30 to 40 centimeters.
The ministry also added that the style of the geoglyph suggests that it was created between 200 BC to 100 BC, in the late Paracas period. “Representations of this type of feline are frequently found in the iconography of ceramics and textiles in the Paracas society,” the statement added.
A CNN report added that the feline geoglyph joins innumerable zoomorphic drawings, like the depictions of a hummingbird, a monkey and a pelican, that have been found across the area in the last century.