Nazca Stone-Peru-"The Astronaut"~CRNSAST1

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Nazca Stone-Peru-"The Astronaut"~CRNSAST1 Just late last year, scientists discovered over 140 new geoglyphs known as Nazca lines: a mysterious, ancient cluster of giant figures etched long ago into the desert terrain of southern Peru. These massive, sprawling representations of humans, animals, and objects date back in some cases 2,500 years, and are so large, many of them can only be identified from the air. While the purpose of these large motifs drawn by the ancient Nazca culture remains debated, we do at least know how they were constructed. All of these figures were created by removing the black stones that cover the land, thereby exposing the white sand beneath. These Nazca Stones are painted with an assortment of the actual geoglyphs. Variously known as the astronaut, giant or owl-man, this geoglyph does bear a resemblance to a space-suited human. What exactly this human figure represents remains an enigma, but one fairly balanced argument states that it’s a fisherman. Researchers believe it to be a Paracas-era geoglyph, predating the later Nazca culture. Some argue that on closer inspection it’s possible to see the figure holding a net in his left hand and a dangling fish in the right. Given the coastal location and the importance of fish in the region, this seems a reasonable hypothesis. 51mm x 33mm x 19mm

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