Article by Richard Wood November 19, 2019 (9news.com.au)
• Since its discovery in the 1920s, scientists and visitors have been drawn to the geoglyphs known as the “Nazca Lines” in Peru covering about 500 square kilometres and dating back 1,000 years. The site’s origins have intrigued archaeologists for years, with some claiming they are linked to UFOs or aliens.
• Researchers from Japan’s University of Yamagata studied the Nazca area from 2016 to 2018. Using artificial intelligence technology to process high-resolution aerial photos at high speeds, the researchers say they have identified 142 new geoglyphs. They include depictions of fish, birds, llamas, snakes, monkeys, and a human-like figure holding a stick. The figures vary in size, with the largest more than 100 metres (328 feet) from end to end – slightly taller than the Statue of Liberty. The smallest ones measures only five metres. Most are in poor condition. University researchers say that the geoglyphs were probably created between 100BC and 300AD and were used for rituals and decoration.
Artificial intelligence has helped identify more than 100 ancient sand drawings at the famous Nazca Lines site in Peru.
The collection of mysterious earth sketches – known as geoglyphs – in Peru’s central desert has drawn scientists and visitors for decades since its discovery in the 1920s.
Best viewed from the air, the Nazca Lines covers an area of about 500 square kilometres and dates back 1,000 years. The site’s origins have intrigued archaeologists for years, with some commentators claiming they are linked to UFOs or aliens.
Now researchers from Japan’s University of Yamagata say they have identified 142 new geoglyphs with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
They include depictions of animals, such as snakes and monkeys, and a human-like figure holding a stick.
The university said in a statement they geoglyphs were probably created between 100BC and 300AD, and most are in poor condition.
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• Archaeologists have discovered further line drawings, or ‘geoglyphs’, etched into southern Peru’s ancient desert, close to the world-famous Nazca Lines. They form figures of a killer, a woman dancing, and a 35m-long “Astronaut”, as well as complex geometric shapes or simple lines stretching hundreds of metres.
• According to Nazca researcher Brien Foerster, these geoglyphs were created over the course of 1000 years, from about 500 BC to 500 AD by two separate cultures, the Paracas and the Nazca. The Paracas, red-haired beings with elongated skulls, appeared in Peru around 800 BC and first began making the Nazca geoglyphs around 500 BC. They were the ones who depicted the giant ‘astronaut’. “At about 100 AD the Topara people invaded the [Paracas’] rich farm areas and attempted to exterminate the royal Paracas.” Said Foerster. “The Topara became the Nazca, and they prospered for a few centuries, creating the famous Nazca figures such as the Spider, Hummingbird, [and the] Dog.” Climate change forced the Topora/Nazca people to abandon the area for the highlands of Peru by about 600 AD. The Incas assimilated with the Nazca until they were all destroyed by the Spanish conquest in the 16th century.
• The fact that the Nazca lines can only be appreciated from high above the desert indicates that they were created by, or for, extraterrestrial overlords. Researcher Morten St. George theorizes that because “dozens of arrow-head type pointers provide directional guidance”, the geoglyphs were intended to assist beings as they flew across the sky. “Lines that run straight for kilometers, up and down hills rather than around them, were clearly made to be followed by a [being] who could fly higher than the hills”, said St. George. Still, after more than 80 years of research, we can still only guess at their real meanings.
Archaeologists have discovered scores of mammoth intricate drawings etched into southern Peru’s ancient desert, close to the world-famous Nazca Lines.
And the shock find could fundamentally change our understanding of extra-terrestrials.
The drawings, known as geoglyphs, include crude figures of a killer whale and a woman dancing, while some are more puzzling still, such as the 35m-long “Astronaut”, which depicts a bizarre other-worldly figure.
And others form complex geometric shapes or simple lines stretching hundreds of metres.
What makes them of particular interest to conspiracy theorists is the fact the millenia-old artwork cannot be fully appreciated from the ground, being truly visible only from above, adding to the evidence they were created by – or for – alien overlords.
Conspiracy theorist Morten St. George elaborates on this idea: “Dozens of figures of animals and the like, so large that they can only be viewed in their entirety from the sky, were clearly made for a creature in the sky who was intelligent enough to be attracted and entertained by those drawings.
“Dozens of arrow-head type pointers provide directional guidance, so this creature was not only in the sky but also flying through the air.
“Lines that run straight for kilometers, up and down hills rather than around them, were clearly made to be followed by a creature who could fly higher than the hills”, he said.
And this is not the only outlandish hypothesis out forward by St George: “There are reputed to be some one hundred drawings of spirals on the Nazca plain, of which the most memorable is perhaps the Monkey’s tail.
“Similar spiral drawings are also found in Tiwanaku. It seems likely that the alien astronaut descended from the sky in a spiral motion, perhaps like water swirling down a drain.”
And he has a further shock claim concerning another drawing: “The four fingered geoglyph is significant; it is likely symbolising a bond of friendship between the alien and the humans.
“And hands of four and five fingers, respectively, also appear in the Monkey geoglyph.”
Another popular theory, first put forward by Swiss author Erich von Daniken, notes how the long, straight and flat lines strangely mimic modern-day runways.
However in an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, Nazca Lines authority Brien Foerster, 59, outlines why he is unconvinced by these claims.
“This entire system of etchings in the earth were created over the course of 1000 years, from about 500 BC to 500 AD by two separate cultures, the Paracas and the Nazca,” he said.
“The Paracas, notable for the elongated skulls of their royalty and genetic red hair appear in the area of the Paracas Peninsula at about 800 BC from a foreign land across the Pacific and began making geoglyphs, usually anthropomorphic in nature and relatively small in size.
“Between 500 BC and 100 AD they created more than 1600 of these, including the 500 foot tall Candelabro and also the so called ‘runways’ from Paracas Bay down and through Palpa.
“They were also the creators of the Astronaut figure at Nazca.”
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