The dune sands of southern Peru have revealed what is described as a huge feline figure lounging across a desert hillside.

The dune sands of southern Peru have revealed what is described as a huge feline figure. Lounging across a desert hillside.

Huge cat discovered in Peruvian desert: Figures that were etched centuries ago into the hill also depict an orca, a monkey and a hummingbird. The feline Nazca Line, believed to date from between 200BC and 100BC. It was uncovered after work to improve access to one of the hills was undertaken. They provide an excellent vantage point from where the outlines of the animals can be viewed.

The Nazca Lines are made up from thousands of geometric and zoomorphic images. And were created by the removal of rocks and earth to reveal the contrasting materials underneath. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994. The Lines themselves lie 250 miles south of Lima and cover an area of 175sq miles along an arid coastal plain. The cultural ministry of Peru said this week that. “The figure was scarcely visible and was about to disappear. Because it’s situated on quite a steep slope that’s prone to the effects of natural erosion.”

Over the past week, the geoglyph was cleaned and conserved, and shows a feline figure in profile, with its head facing the front. The feline is 37 metres long and is well defined by lines that are 30 to 40cms in width. Johny Isla, Peru’s chief archaeologist said that. “It’s quite striking that we’re still finding new figures. But we also know that there are more to be found.”

Also, over the past few years, the use of drones has allowed us to take images of the hillsides. The archaeologist said the cat had been put out during the late Paracas era, which ran from 500BC to AD200. “We know that from comparing iconographies,” said Isla. “Paracas textiles, for example, show birds, cats and people. That are easily comparable to these geoglyphs.”  Global247News Twitter

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