Ancient, 120-Foot-Wide Cat Drawing Found at Nazca Lines Site in Peru

An oversized cat drawing has been discovered on a hill at the famous Nazca Lines site in Peru. The impressive artwork dates back some 2,000 years and measures over 120 feet across.

The feline geoglyph was literally right under our noses all along.

The drawing is located on the slope of Mirador Natural Hill, which hosts the Natural Viewpoint (la Pampa de Nasca) at the top—an ideal place to observe the Nazca lines located in the region. Workers discovered the drawing by accident during upgrades to the lookout, according to a press release issued by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. The site is in the Nazca Desert, some 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Lima.

The drawing, which was laid down nearly 2,000 years ago, was badly faded, which explains why it eluded detection for so long. The feline figure “was barely visible” and “about to disappear” on account of its location on a fairly steep slope and due to the effects of natural erosion, the Ministry of Culture said. Recent restoration work brought the cat into full view.

The geoglyph shows the cat in profile, with its head turned toward the viewer. The feline figure stretches 121 feet long (37 meters), and the lines of the drawing measure between 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) thick. They were made by removing the top layer of rocks and exposing the bright bedrock beneath. [ … ]

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