According to archaeologists, the age of a giant cat - a drawing on a hillside, recently discovered in the Peruvian Nazca desert, is at least 2, 000 years old. The geoglyph is 37 meters long.
The find, accidentally discovered from the Mirador Natural observation deck, will join the list of world famous drawings in the Nazca desert, created from about 500 BC. e. to 500 AD e.
The creation of unique giant patterns was made possible by the combination of two contrasting soil layers - the upper one, which is a reddish-brown pebble, and the lower one, consisting of yellow-gray soil. Ancient artists created their creations by removing the upper layer in certain places, exposing the lighter lower one.
The excellent preservation of geoglyphs for thousands of years has been facilitated by a small amount of precipitation, weak wind activity and an almost complete absence of soil erosion in this region. In addition, the lower layer contains a lot of lime and hardens under the influence of moisture, thereby emphasizing the line of the pattern.
Thanks to modern technology, the search for new geoglyphs has become more efficient in recent years. However, this also has its own problems - in particular, some of the drawings turned out to be damaged by the wheels of trucks.
The drawing of the cat escaped a similar fate. After discovery, it was thoroughly cleaned and restored to its original form.