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- 26 January 2009 by Linda Geddes
THE ancient, intricate geometric patterns stamped on the surface of a desert in Peru have long been thought of as messages to the gods, or as markers that tracked celestial objects. Now new details about these geoglyphs suggest they may have been made for "prayer walking".
The Nasca lines are a collection of lines, giant trapezoids, and figures of humans, plants and animals in a desert 400 kilometres south of Lima, Peru. They were created between 400 BC and AD 650 by the removal of reddish oxidised stones from the desert pavement to reveal the lighter sand beneath.
Tomasz Gorka of Munich University in Germany analysed five geoglyph complexes near the city of Palpa, focusing on the large trapezoidal structures which are etched on the plains there. He measured anomalies in the Earth's magnetic field caused by changes in soil density at various depths. The team walked the entire site, an area of about 60 hectares, using hand-held sensors.
"We found other lines, in the interior of the trapezoid structures, which were not visible from the air," says Gorka.
Some of the lines produced stronger magnetic anomalies than others, prompting Gorka and Karsten Lambers of the University of Konstanz in Germany to suggest that the soil beneath was compacted by people walking back and forth during prayer rituals. source
My comment: Obviously, the last part is ridiculous, but if you like it, your choice. For me, the important information is that there are anomalies along these lines. That could suggest the use of weird elements on them for example. Obviously those lines are special in one way. Of course, the best thing to do is to make a map of the anomalies alond all of them and the surrounding area, but this is also very exciting result. The next step is to take samples from the soil on some depth and check what's causing the anomalies-to know whether they are surface based or internal. If they are surface one-then it makes sense that they were produced by something. If they are natural, then it makses sense to guess that something was using them. It's so interesting!