Discovered in the early 1900s, the Nazca Lines consist of hundreds of geometric, animal, and human figures drawn into the desert floor. These lines were created by the ancient Nazca culture which thrived between 400-650 AD. The lines vary in complexity and include figures such as hummingbirds, monkeys, fish, lizards, spiders, trees, and humans. There are also hundreds of geometric shapes and long, straight lines of up to 60 km (37 miles) in length. Plenty has been learned about the lines and the Nazca people but there is still no definite conclusion on why the Nazca built the figures and shapes. One theory suggests that the figures represent star constellations. Another theory suggests the lines are linked with the flow of water, from the surround mountains, which was extremely important to this ancient desert culture. ~ Chelsea Schmidt
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