LIMA – A team of Japanese archaeologists discovered a previously unknown geoglyph at a spot roughly 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the Nazca Lines, an official with Peru’s Culture Ministry told EFE.
The new geoglyph is about 30 meters (98 feet) long and was created roughly 2,000 years ago, Jhony Isla said.
A team led by Japanese researcher Mazato Sakai, from Yamagata University, made the discovery.
Archaeologists have not been able to identify the figure represented, as it is “barely recognizable,” but they think it could depict an “imaginary” being, Isla said.
The Yamagata University archaeologists have been working in the area since 2008. Last year, Sakai’s team discovered 24 geoglyphs just outside the city of Nazca, including a llama-like figure and a number of unrecognizable images dating from as early as the 5th century B.C.
The Nazca Lines, discovered in 1927, depict animals, zoomorphic creatures, plants and geometrical designs, and executed between 100 B.C. and 600 A.D.