Mysterious 'Nazca Lines' Wannabes Make Some Wonder

The Nazca Lines in Peru are one of the most interesting and compelling ancient mysteries. For years, they have been studied by crackpots and historians alike after they were discovered from the air in the 1920s. But a new set of similar lines in the Middle East is making people talk like this is going to be the next big thing. The problem is, they're just not as cool.

The Nazca Lines are 1,500-year-old shallow designs that were dug into the earth in the Peruvian desert. They were created by scraping away the red pebbles to reveal the white earth below the surface. Visible only from the air, the geoglyphs appear to be anything from simple lines or geometric shapes to more complex designs, primarily of animals like birds, fish, llamas, jaguars, monkeys, or even humans.


The largest figures are hundreds of feet across, and while there has been much debate about them, it's generally now agreed that they were used as artificial waterways and were just artistic designs.

Pretty cool, really. The new ones, just discovered in the Middle East, pale in comparison.

Satellite and aerial photography has revealed mysterious stone 'wheels' in countries such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan that are older and even more plentiful than the Nazca Lines. The structures are thought to be 2,000 years old, but no one knows why they were built.

Now, as a mystery, yes, they're interesting. But in terms of the way they look? It's not as fascinating. These could just be ancient gardens for all their "design." Essentially, they look like gardening patterns.

The scientists who are studying them have yet to find any significance to what they see as being structures that look like kites or animals or just geometric patterns.

The "new Nazca Lines" were actually first discovered in 1927 by a pilot, but it wasn't until recently when the new team began studying aerial photographs and Google Earth that it became clear how many existed.

I love an ancient mystery as much as the next person, but this one seems a little yawn-worthy. Give me the Nazca Lines and UFO theories over some ancient gardens any day.

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