The Nazca Desert and the enigmatic Nazca lines hold many mysteries. What could have been the purpose of this massive humanoid image gracing the side of a hill?
UNSOLVED MYSTERY .-In Peru's desolate high plateau desert, one of the driest deserts on earth, there are mysterious geometric lines and stylized images of spiders, monkeys, lizards, hummingbirds and even humanoids etched into the landscape. Not only are these images massive in scale, most can only be fully viewed by flying above the desert landscape.
Here in the Nazca desert you will also find some extremely long and rather wide lines that are as 'straight-as-a-rifle-shot' and intersect with other straight lines at curious angles. Many of these longer intersecting lines resemble what we in the modern world would immediately recognizes as landing strips or airbases. Again, these are massive in scale and have been photographed by NASA satellites.
There are literally hundreds of images and lines here, covering an area of nearly 500 square kilometers (193 sq. mi.).
While it is not definitively known who created these enigmatic works, or how the ancient builders managed such precision, the conventional theory speculates that the geoglyphs were created by the Nazca culture sometime between 200 BC and 700 AD. The theory further offers that the images and lines were created for some as of yet unknown religious purpose, and laid out using some primitive form of 'sticks and stones' survey. In part this theory is based on carbon dating of pottery shards and wooden pegs found in the area.
One bold theory offers that the Nazca did achieve 'manned flight' through a form of primitive hot air balloon and that tribal leaders did have the ability to float above the geoglyphs and direct their construction.
The other theories (considered "fringe") include speculations that the lines are much older and represent an interaction between the indigenous people of the time with technologically advanced beings, possibly from a distant planet. Due to the similarities of some of the Nazca lines to air strips, some suggest that in ancient times Nazca was an outpost or colony. Under this set of theories, it is offered that the stylized figures were created to pay homage to the more advanced race which certainly would have been viewed to be godlike.
There has been a great deal of interest in the Nazca lines over the decades and a number of books and research reports have been written. I am unconvinced by either of the opposing theories as much more research, and much less bias needs to be applied to unraveling the secrets of Nazca.
The Val Camonica Rock Paintings
The Val Camonica valley in the Bresia province of northern, Italy is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is home to the greatest collection of prehistoric rock drawings in Europe. The area contains over 350,000 pertroglyphs dating to 10,000 years ago. One of the things that makes these rock paintings so interesting is that they don't seem to fit their time period.
This rock painting from Val Camonica, depicts two figures wearing what appears to be globe shaped helmets emitting rays of light. They are also wearing suits that appear to be a bit bulky and covering their entire bodies. What could have inspired an ancient people to create such a painting?
Ancient Warriors or Ancient Astronauts?
In another rock painting, a similarly costumed humanoid appears to be doing battle with a strange flying object that appears to be firing a winged object toward it.