Scientists found new geoglyphs in Nazca, Peru

Japanese scientists discovered 143 new geoglyphs in the Nazca desert in Peru. Huge drawings show not only forms previously known from the region, such as monkeys, snakes, animals and plants, but also new ones. Among them, the ones depicting people-like characters are particularly surprising.

The discovery of new geoglyphes in Nasca

Scientists from the University of Yamagata, in the course of ongoing research since 2004, found in the Nazca desert 142 new geoglyphs. In addition, thanks to cooperation with IBM and photo analysis by artificial intelligence, another geoglyph was found. A total of 143 new drawings were discovered. Now, the analysis of unusual lines by artificial intelligence is supposed to help speed up research and better understand the drawings.. The drawings were identified by fieldwork and high resolution 3D data analysis. They depict humanoid creatures, fish, llamas, monkeys and birds. The largest identified drawing measures over 100 meters. Researchers believe they were made between 100 B.C. and 300 C.E.

Drawings from Nazca

Nazca drawings are a huge system of lines made by Nazca tribes. Drawings are located in the Nazca desert in the southwest of Peru. Viewed from above, they resemble animals, plants or geometric figures. Drawings on the Peruvian plateaus were created between 300 B.C. and 900 C.E. They were created by removing the top red soil layer and exposing the deeper, yellow-white soil. The carvings are on average 20 centimeters deep. Scientists still do not agree on what huge drawings were intended for. UNESCO-listed geoglyphs are one of the major tourist attractions in Peru.