In the Nasca and Palpa valleys of Peru, there are ancient geoglyphs and lines that form interesting shapes of plants, animals, and patterns.

These large shapes are etched into the ground and range from 165 feet to 985 feet long. Each shape is formed in just one unbroken line, puzzling many as to how they were created.

They are located a few hundred miles from Lima and were largely unnoticed until the first commercial pilots in Peru starting flying over them.

It has been interpreted that they were used as a large solar and lunar calendar that helped predict the best timing for harvesting and when the rains would come.

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DATA

Region
Latin America and the Caribbean
Country
Peru 
Category
Cultural
Name
Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
1994
Keyword
Archaeological Remains, Registered in 1994