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Researchers from Yamagata University in Japan, have discovered 24 new geoglyphs in Peru, in the famous Nazca plain, which are added to the hundreds that complete the landscape of the area. The new geoglyphic discoveries are believed to be older than the hummingbird and monkeys, the most famous of the Nazca.
‘The Japan Times' reports the geoglyphs found are located 1.5 kilometers from the city of Nazca, south of the Peruvian coast. Many of them are very eroded, which makes it very difficult to find their marks, being identified thanks to the use of 3D scanner equipment.
The Nazca geoglyphs cover an area of about 450 square kilometers and they are one of the great archaeological enigmas due to their quantity, nature, size and continuity. The geoglyphs represent imaginary animals, plants and beings, as well as geometric figures of great length.
The Nazca figures They are dated almost all between the years 200 a.C. and 500 AD, and the most surprising and exciting thing about these figures is that they can only be seen from the air, which leaves many questions in the air.
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Many of the geoglyphs seem represent the flame, while others seem to delimit geometric images. The measurements of the drawings are diverse and range from 5 meters to 20 in length and are among the oldest on the Unesco World Heritage List.
The 24 new geoglyphs discovered by the Yamagata University team make a total of 50 those found by researchers since 2004.
Despite the many investigations that have been made speculating on these drawings, its function is not yet known exactly. Some scientists maintain that they are related to the sky and represent constellations in the night sky and other experts maintain that they were intended for rituals to ask for water or perhaps other types of religious rituals. Others have explained that they are a message for the gods or that they were created to guide pilgrims on their way.