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Nazca lines


Nazca was an American Indian culture that thrived in the coastal desert of what is now southern Peru from as early as 100 B.C. to A.D. 800.  The Nazca people are known for the huge etchings they made on the surface of the desert.  These etchings are now known as the Nazca lines.  They include outlines of animals and geometric shapes.  Some are several miles long, and some of the animal figures measure more than 120 metres in length.

Klymyshun, Alexandria M. Ulna, (2006), 'Nazca', In World Book Encyclopedia, vol. 14, World Book, Inc. Chicago. pp. 91-92

The Nazca lines have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site - Includes a gallery of images

Use the following resources to find out: What is the mystery behind the Nazca lines, an incredible collection of huge images in the desert that were created by the ancient Nazca culture?

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  • Wheatley, A, Reid, S. (2004), 'Lines in the desert' inThe Usborne Introduction to archaeology, Usborne, London; pages 60-61.

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  • Atlas Obscura - Nazca lines
  • National Geographic - Nazca lines (spelled with the America spelling on the site as "Nasca")