1252 GMT February 19, 2020
According to dailysabah.com, Johny Isla, an archeologist who heads the Culture Ministry's conservation efforts in the region, said, “Most of the newly found geoglyphs appear to have been made by the Paracas culture more than 2,000 years ago, hundreds of years before the Nazca people created similar giant drawings nearby.
“An additional 25 geoglyphs that had previously been spotted by local residents have also been mapped with drones.
“Drones have allowed us to broaden our documentation and discover new groups of figures.”
The culture officials said, “But unlike the Nazca lines, most of which can only be seen by flying above them, many of the so-called Palpa Lines were carved into hillsides and can be seen from below.”
The geoglyphs created by the Nazca and Paracas cultures are striking reminders of Peru's rich pre-Columbian history and are considered archeological enigmas, as no one knows for sure why they were drawn, or so large and for so long.
Isla said, “In total we're talking about 1,200 years in which geoglyphs were produced.”
Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, the Nazca Lines have faced damage by squatters looking for land to settle on and motorists veering off a nearby highway.
In 2014, environmental group Greenpeace apologized to Peru for staging a picture to protest dirty fuels at the Nazca geoglyph of a hummingbird, which government officials said was damaged as a result.
Isla said the Greenpeace incident prompted the Culture Ministry to ramp up efforts to protect archeological sites in the region, helping lead to the new discoveries.
Isla said, "We still haven't walked among them, we've only taken pictures. This is the first stage of research.”