‘2000-year-old cat’ discovered in Peru’s Nazca lines
Published: 01:54 PM, 19 October 2020 Updated: 01:57 PM, 19 October 2020
Scientists say that the 2000-year-old cat figure created by making depressions in the desert floor; Photo: EPA
A figure of a ‘relaxing cat’ has been discovered in the Nazca desert in Peru.
Accroding to scientists, the cat figure, as well as other Nazca animal figure, was created by making depressions in the desert floor, leaving colored earth exposed.
The cat figure then discovered when a plan was made to draw a new path in the area, leading to an observation platform. The platform would have provided a vantage point for visitors to see many of the other geoglyphs, the BBC reported.
Peru's culture ministry said in a statement that the figure was scarcely visible and was about to disappear because it located on quite a steep slope that’s prone to the effects of natural erosion.
The geoglyph, which is about 37m (120ft) long, has been cleaned and conserved over the past week, it added.
Peru’s chief archaeologist for the Nazca lines, Johny Isla, told Efe news agency that the cat figure was created from 200 to 700 AD. “The cat was actually from the late Paracas era which was from 500 BC to 200 AD,” he said.
The Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage site, known as geoglyphs that created about 2000 years ago.