ATMOSPHERE LOVES | The ancient Nasca lines of Peru - 800 straight lines, 300 geometric figures and 70 animal and plant designs. Discovered in the 1930s after the invention of flight, these ‘geoglyphs’ are believed to be creations of the Nasca people of A.D. 1-700, and understood as having been made by removing rocks and earth to create a negative image. Images: 1) Bates Littlehales 2) Paul Williams 3) Unknown 4) @natgeo 5) unknown 6) @natgeo.
-•The Biggest Kokopelli•-
Today we traveled from the Mojave Desert to the Sonoran, and we took a moment to seek out one of the great mysteries of the Colorado desert: the Blythe Intaglios. The Blythe intaglios are geoglyphs, ancient drawings scraped into the soil in the same manner as the Nazca Lines of Peru. I’ve heard there’s something like 300 of these along the Colorado river between Nevada and the Sea of Cortez. Considering how big they are, they’re kind of hard to find. As far as I know, there are no books about them, and aside from 5 or 6 popular ones, it’s really difficult to find out about them. We visited a site today that had at least two, but the larger and more visible one is shown here: Kokopelli! The first picture is his foot. The second shows his eye, with an azurite piece conspicuously placed on it. The last two photos are screenshots from google maps. If you know where I can find out more about these geoglyphs, please let me know! I have a long term goal of doing a serious photo series about them before they’re all ruined by off-roaders. 🌵
The construction of 'Slice' (2003) in Arava Desert, Israel. Rogers' took inspiration from the geological history of the area - it is an ancient sea bed - by creating a huge cross-section of a nautilus shell.
Idiot truck driver destroys UN World Heritage site.
A 40-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly ignored warning signs to keep out. He was later released after Peru’s attorney general's office said there was not enough evidence to prove he had acted with intent.
One of “archeology’s greatest enigmas," Nasca's lines and geoglyphs represent animals, plant life and other figures.
Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines
Peru's #ancient#Nazca lines were damaged when a driver accidentally plowed his cargo truck into the fragile archaeological site in the desert, officials said Tuesday.
The lines, considered a UNESCO World Heritage site, are enormous drawings of animals and plants etched in the ground some 2,000 years ago by a pre-#Inca civilization. They are best seen from the sky.
The driver ignored warning signs as he entered the Nazca archaeological zone on January 27, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement.
The truck "left deep prints in an area approximately 100 meters long," damaging "parts of three straight lined #geoglyphs ," the statement read.
Security guards detained the driver and filed charges against him at the local police station, the statement added.
Entering the area is strictly prohibited due to the fragility of the soil around the lines, and access is only allowed wearing special foam-covered foot gear, according to #Peruvian authorities.
The lines criss-cross the Peruvian #desert over more than 500 square kilometers (200 square miles). Created between 500 BC and AD 500 by the Nazca people, they have long intrigued archaeologists with the mystery of their size and their meticulously drawn figures.
Some of the drawings depict living creatures, others stylized plants or fantastical beings, others geometric figures that stretch for kilometers (miles). This is not the first time the #Nazcalines have been damaged in recent years.
In September 2015 a man was detained after he entered the site and wrote his name on one of the geoglyphs.
In December 2014, #Greenpeace activists set up large letters beside one of the designs, known as the #Hummingbird , that read: "Time for change! The future is renewable." The protest drew a furious reaction from #Peru , which at the time was hosting UN talks aimed at curbing global warming.
El mono #NazcaLines#Peru#nazcaLines#Peru . The Nazca Lines are a series of large ancient #geoglyphs in the Nazca #Desert , in southern Peru. The largest figures are up to 370 m long. They were designated as a #UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 km between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana, about 400 km south of Lima. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the #Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 500 BC and 500 AD. The figures vary in complexity. Hundreds are simple #lines and #geometric shapes; more than 70 are #zoomorphic designs of animals, such as birds, fish, llamas, jaguars, and monkeys, or human figures. Other designs include #phytomorphic shapes, such as trees and flowers