Archeologists discover 2,000-year-old cat drawn into Peru’s Nazca Lines


A 2,000-year-old catlike figure that spans 121 feet on a Peruvian hillside was uncovered by archeologists earlier this week.

The creation is part of the Nazca Lines, which is a collection of hundreds of large figures etched onto a plateau in the southern part of the country. Others shapes include a hummingbird, monkey and pelican.

“The figure was barely visible and was about to disappear as a result of its location on a fairly steep slope and the effects of natural erosion,” said Peru’s Ministry of Culture in a press release.

The Ministry of Culture believes the artwork was created between 200 BC and 100 BC because of the this cat is often depicted in the iconography of the ceramics and textiles of the Paracas, a society that existed in the modern-day Ica Region of Peru.

The 174 square miles of figures, shapes and patterns that make up the Nazca Lines have been described as one of archaeology’s greatest enigmas.