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2,000 year old cat etching found in Peru
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The image, stretching for 40 yards on a hillside in Peru, shows a creature with pointy ears, orb-like eyes and a long striped tail. It appears to be a cat lounging, as cats often do.

Archaeologists stumbled across the faded etching while remodeling a section of a UNESCO heritage site known as the Nazca Lines, Peru’s Ministry of Culture announced last week.

The catlike geoglyph — which experts say dates to 200 B.C. to 100 B.C. — is the latest discovery among the carvings of larger-than-life animals and plants previously found between the towns of Nazca and Palpa, in a desert plain about 250 miles southeast of the capital, Lima.

The Nazca Lines were first discovered by a Peruvian aerial surveyor in 1927. Images of a hummingbird, a monkey and an orca were unearthed at the site. UNESCO has designated the Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa a World Heritage Site since 1994.

The cat etching is believed to be older than any of the prehistoric geoglyphs previously unearthed at Nazca.

Research and conservation work had continued at the site even during the coronavirus pandemic, when most tourist sites have been closed. Archaeologists and employees were working on the Mirador Natural, a lookout point in the protected site, when they began unearthing something intriguing. When they cleaned the mound, clear lines showing the sinuous body of a cat emerged.

“The figure was barely visible and was about to disappear because it is situated on quite a steep slope that’s prone to the effects of natural erosion,” the culture ministry said in a statement.



billjamin
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re: 2,000 year old cat etching found in Peru
I'm surprised the carving isn't of the cat trying to knock something off a surface or show you its butthole.


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The tail kinda looks like a crocodile.


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TheRouxGuru
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Cat with glasses?


Looks like a blues clues character


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Cousin Key
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This officially confirms that weird cat ladies have existed a lot longer than previously thought.


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Jim Rockford
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el Gaucho
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re: 2,000 year old cat etching found in Peru
Were the Aztecs like 4 years old? Jesus literally wrote the Bible 2000 years ago while the Indians were still drawing idiot crayon drawings


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re: 2,000 year old cat etching found in Peru
I'll be square with you about this. I wouldn't travel very far to see that in person.


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Someone should carve “Nailed it” beneath it.


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That is a two headed Klansman lying down, obviously


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Nazca lines are cool as frick

How did they know they were doing it right with the more elaborate carvings like the monkey

They didn’t have balloons or anything else to get up high and monitor the progress


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Archaeologists stumbled across the faded etching


How does someone just stumble across this? It should be visible for miles, maybe even from passing aircraft.


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kitty!!!


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How does someone just stumble across this?


it appears they even have a walkway built around it


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Looks almost more like a fox to me.


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re: 2,000 year old cat etching found in Peru
Surprised the cat hasn’t knocked that hill over.


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Jesus literally wrote the Bible 2000 years ago

Jesus literally didn't write the Bible

ETA: Nevermind, didn't realize I was responding to old Gaucho. I'll take my downvotes now
This post was edited on 10/19 at 2:28 pm


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Were the Aztecs like 4 years old? Jesus literally wrote the Bible 2000 years ago while the Indians were still drawing idiot crayon drawings


No, they were Picasso two thousand years early.


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