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News: Nasca Lines Decoded premieres Sunday on Nat Geo

Lima. Mar. 03 (ANDINA).- Stretching for thousands of kilometres across the desert terrain of southern Peru is one of mankind’s greatest mysteries: immense lines – carved as animals; humans; and geometric shapes.

While popular theories about the use of the Nasca lines have ranged from ancient race tracks to astronomical calendars and even alien landing strips. new scientific insight and the unearthing of a headless body – may be the keys to finally unlocking the mystery.

Seeking answers from above and on the ground. National Geographic Channel refutes decades of misunderstanding in Nasca Lines Decoded. premiering on Sunday. 7 March at 20:00. to reveal why these lines were made by the prehistoric Nasca people who inhabited the desert as early as 100 BC.

Using a high-tech robotic helicopter. scientists create the first-ever digital map of the Nasca Lines. which criss-cross the desert to form baffling mazes to provide a complete picture that links the enigmatic lines to the desert landscape and ancient settlements.

Data shows the latitude; longitude; length area; elevation; and distance from other objects to allow scientists to test theories of the lines in unprecedented new detail.

Living in an environment like this on the edge of survival may have created an intense relationship to the Nasca deities. and in Nasca Lines Decoded. scientists investigate the extreme measures the Nasca may have taken to ensure favour with the deities.

And. when archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Christina Conlee uncovers the skeleton of a young male. ceremonially buried. but showing gruesome evidence of decapitation. researchers identify some important clues to what role these lines may have played in Nasca life – and death.

Severed heads are a common symbol on Nasca pots. and in the grave where the male skeleton is found. a striking ceramic 'head jar' illustrates a decapitated head with a tree sprouting from its skull. But. was this an execution or an offering of human sacrifice? And what can the location of the skeleton; its burial state; and the skeleton itself tell scientists about the true purpose of the Nasca Lines?

Generations of Nasca line builders toiled in intense heat to create one of the most awe-inspiring enigmas ever developed by man. While the earliest lines were formed in shapes of deities and animals. later Nasca lines were larger and more geometric.

The construction was simple. but effective – workers marked up the lines using wooden poles and cotton strings. and then piled discarded stones along the sides. Lines would take many days to construct with workers suffering in the harsh desert conditions.

Because the Nasca people were so dependent on favourable rainfall. scientists now believe that the Nasca lines were open-air temples. used to pray for water.

Sweeping imagery captures the majestic beauty of the Nasca lines and cutting-edge digital map imagery offers crucial understanding about the Nasca lines positioning.

Dramatic recounts and expert testimony transport viewers to prehistoric times in the southern desert of Peru to give a robust look at Nasca life.

Source: Andina

Uplodaded: March 03rd. 2010

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