Peruvian archaeologists armed with drones have discovered more than 50 new examplesof mysterious desert monuments traced onto the earth’s surface in lines almost too ﬁne to see with the human eye. These lines date back from 500 B.C. to 200 A.D. and provide crucial informationon the Paracas culture, as well as the Topara culture, which marked the transition the Paracas and the Nasca. Centuries before the famous Nasca lines were made, people in the region were experimenting with making massive geoglyphs.
A ground-truthing expedition to visit and photograph these sites used drones fundedby the National Geographic Society which revealed the unexpected new geoglyphsthat fall within this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The team collaborated with the GlobalXplorer initiative, founded by National Geographic Explorer, 2016 TED Prize winner and space archaeologist Sarah Parcak, which trains citizen scientists to analyze satellite imagery for archaeological sites and signs of looting.
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