Archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old cat sculpture that has been carved into the Nazca Lines in Peru. It depicts a female cat with eyelashes and two lions sitting on her back.
The Nazca Lines, discovered more than 1,500 years ago, are found on the Nazca Plateau in northern Peru. The puzzle pieces came from a bust discovered in 1982. The bust depicts a female figure in a headdress similar to the cat sculpture.
Each of the geometric drawings in the Nazca Lines are unique. The first was discovered in 1947. Two thousand years later, more were discovered. Now almost 1,800 drawings are possible in a site that was lost for more than a century. The drawings all include names of people and animals.
Matthew Tarnowski, an anthropologist from the University of Texas at Austin, believes the Nazca Lines may have been an ancient highway. Earlier people are believed to have used them as a secret route.
In 1972, a player of a steampunk steampunk symphony made an iconic late-19th-century map that depicts the Nazca Lines.
The man who unearthed the bust, Antonio Quinones, who is a Peruvian journalist and scholar, believes this new cat sculpture is of an ancient Nazca woman, based on its position and design. “I really believe that it is a testament of the artistry and imagination of the original Nazca people,” he said.