3,000-Year-Old Geoglyphs May Depict the Heavens

Live Science | 6/12/2018 | Staff
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More than 3,000 years ago in what is now the lower Chao Valley in Peru, ancient people created five geoglyphs out of angular rocks, forming designs that may have shown heavenly constellations.

These geoglyphs had stone doorways leading into them. Archaeologists believe that ancient people would have entered these doorways to participate in some form of ceremony or ritual activity performed at the geoglyphs.

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Recently, archaeologists have been mapping and excavating Pampa de las Salinasin an effort to help understand the landscape's mysteries.

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This aerial photo shows the mound of Los Morteros, with a view of the dry embayment of Pampa de las Salinas.

"It seems that the area [Pampa de las Salinas] became the place where ceremonial sites were built and used by nearby communities," said Ana Cecilia Mauricio, an adjunct professor at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, who is leading a new investigation in the area.

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Even so, the scientists said they are puzzled over the meanings of the structures located at Pampa de las Salinas and are not sure what exactly went on at the site so many years ago.

Two of the geoglyphs were discovered in the 1970s, while three were discovered by Mauricio and her team. All the geoglyphs were constructed with piles of small, angular rocks that form "circular marks of different sizes on the ground," Mauricio explained. The geoglyphs are located "inside large quadrangular spaces of 50 meters by 50 meters [164 feet by 164 feet] — or larger — that have doorways to let people get through," Mauricio said.

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