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I can haz Nazca line?

Sunday, October 18th, 2020

A massive geoglyph of a feline has been discovered lounging against a hillside in the Nazca Desert of southern Peru. The cat is in profile, except for his head which is facing front, and is in a horizontal orientation 37 meters (121 feet) long. It was drawn on the steep slope of the Mirador Natural hill in lines up to 16 inches thick. Its design style identifies the feline as a Late Paracas period glyph (ca. 200-100 B.C.) which means it predates the ones created by the Nazca people. Cats were a popular zoomorphic motif on Paracas textiles and ceramics.

El Mirador Natural got its name (meaning “natural lookout point”) because its rocky peak is a perfect location to view several of the great geoglyphs of the Nasca Pampa in one fell swoop. Archaeologists and technical staff from Peru’s Ministry of Culture were maintaining the site when they discovered the figure. The line drawing etched into the hillside had suffered from heavy erosion and was all but invisible to the naked eye.

Last week, the cat got groomed. Experts cleaned and conserved the drawing so that it can once again be seen in all its gigantic glory. Now the lookout has become the lookee.

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