Possible Significance of the Enigmatic Lines of Nazca

Research reveals Nazca Lines may be Trails for Travelers

A team of Japanese researchers may have uncovered the mystery behind the ancient drawings of the Nazca Lines: a way to mark trails and pathways.

For decades, the purpose of the Nazca Lines in the Ica region of Peru has remained a mystery. Hundreds of figures from animals to plants have been chiseled into the ground, and in 2004, Japanese researchers led by Masato Sakai from Yamagata University began studying their use and meaning.

Two types of figures have been discovered – linear figures such as the well-known hummingbird, created by removing black stones to reveal white earth below and relief figures situated on the sides of curved paths up slopes. Sakai proposes that the linear figures may have been used to travel 20 km from one valley to the next, while the relief figures are likely markers along the side of trails.

Traditionally, some have believed that the figures represented an astronomical calendar, while others speculated they were used for religious rituals. However, with the help of drones, new tech giant IBM, and AI, it’s possible that a true understanding of the purpose of these ancient landmarks can be uncovered.

It takes a special connection to the lines to take proper care of them. According to Sakai, when new figures are discovered, it is part of the team’s job to share the knowledge with local people as a way to drive pride in their ancestors’ work and protect the lines from harm.

Sakai believes there could be over a thousand figures, many still yet to be discovered. With further research, he hopes to uncover new hypotheses on the purpose of the Nazca Lines and their true meaning.

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