Archaeologists in Peru have discovered a 37-meter geoglyph of a cat on the Nazca plateau

According to the country’s Ministry of Culture website, a cat geoglyph has been found on the Nazca plateau in Peru. The length of the image is 37 meters; the thickness of the lines is 30-40 centimeters.

The figure was barely visible and could have disappeared forever due to its location on a steep hillside and soil erosion, the Culture Minister said in a statement. As noted in the message, judging by the stylistic features, the figure belongs to the late Paracas (500-100 years BC). This means that the geoglyph is older than the most famous drawings that appeared in the period from 100 to 200 AD.

Geoglyphs on the Nazca plateau have been included in the UNESCO world heritage list since 1994. They are mostly geometric and zoomorphic images on earth. They were created by removing gravel from the surface of the plateau and exposing lighter ground. Scientists still do not agree on why they created these figures. The figures covered about 450 square kilometers and were drawn between 500 BC and 500 AD.