Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Nazca Lines at 400 and 650 AD

Nazca lines, located in the Nazca desert of South Peru, covering a sprawling area of 80 km between the towns Nazca and Palpas de Jumana, are a series of primeval geoglyphs. Nazca lines are in the list of the UNESCO world heritage sites since 1994. Scholars believe that these lines depict the artistic and cultural excellences of Nazca and were created between 400 and 650 AD. Innumerable Nazca Linescomplex figures really fascinate everyone. Starting from Simple lines to stylish figures, everything is there. Figures like Hummingbirds, Spiders, Monkeys, Fishes, Sharks, Orcas, Llamas and Lizards are prominently visible in the territory of Nazca lines.
The pretty but thinly designed figures are formed by removing reddish pebbles. The removal of these pebbles reveals the existence of whitish ground underneath. Hundreds of figures are simple lines where as more than 70 zoomorphic designs portray birds, fish, llamas, jaguar, monkey and even human figures. Shapes of trees and flowers are also not uncommon. The largest figures, spread across 660 feet, are the epitomes of marvelous arts. Even though the exact purposes of these creations are unidentified but religious significance of these figures are prominent. The geometric figures could indicate the flow of water. Due to the dryness and stability of climate most of the artistic designs are preserved. But the weather conditions may provisionally alter the general designs.



1 comment: