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Last Post 10/29/2014 11:41 AM by  Mitzi Adams
ancient observatories
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10/28/2014 9:23 AM

    karen s

    have any of you visited the nazca plains in peru? any possible connections to being an ancient observatory?

    Nancy Ali

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    10/28/2014 1:09 PM
    Hi Karen, I haven't visited the Nazca plains but am fascinated by them and hope to go see them myself someday. For those who aren't familiar, the Nazca lines are straight lines, geometric pictures and images of animals that are carved into the plains. What fascinates many people about these lines is that the patterns are so large that you can really only see the images from above. But these lines were made hundreds of years before airplanes and there aren't any mountains to climb up and look down. So why did the Nazca people make these huge images that can't be fully seen from the ground? No one really knows, but lots of people have theories. Some of the lines seem to be aligned the with sunrise/sunset on the days when water began running in the aqueducts of the plains. But it doesn't seem like there are enough lines that are aligned with the sun, moon and stars to be able to call them an observatory. -Nancy

    Mitzi Adams

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    10/29/2014 11:41 AM

    Hi Karen,

    I've not been to Nazca, but I have been to many Inca sites. In addition, while visiting Chile, I saw many geoglyphs on hillsides, which are possibly similar in function to the Nazca lines. Apparenly holy men (probably not many women, unfortunately) drew figures on the hillsides by scraping away the dirt. At the time they did this, they would have been in a "trance". Most likely the Nazca lines were not an observatory, but had ritualistic meaning and may have been tied to a pilgrimage to the mountains (considered holy) undertaken by a shaman. Interestingly, new Nazca lines have recently (~ August) been discovered.

    This website outlines an interesting possible correlation between water sources and geoglyphs and has a good bibliography of other work on the subject:

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