AI Technology Helped Researchers Discover 143 Ancient Geoglyphs


Archaeologists in Yamagata, Japan said they have discovered a cluster of enormous, ancient geoglyphs in Southern Peru. The discovery was made with the help of cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology. A research group at Yamagata University identified 143 new geoglyphs etched into the desert terrains of Nazca in southern Peru. The giant land art pieces, known as the Nazca Lines, depict human-like figures and a variety of animals including birds, fish, snakes, foxes, felines, and camelids. Many can only be identified from the air due to their large size.

Dozens of mysterious Nazca lines carved in Peru 1,800 years ago are revealed

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Archaeologists have discovered more than 50 mysterious new'Nazca lines' in Peru, which were constructed nearly 2,000 years ago by ancient inhabitants who painstakingly arranged pebbles into massive shapes. Some are hundreds of years older than the most famous Nazca lines previously discovered. The researchers learned that while some of the geoglyphs were produced by Nazca people, others date back to a time before they lived in the region where the drawings can be found. The Nazca people lived in the area from 200 to 700 CE. Some of the designs are believed to be created instead by the Topará and Paracas people.

Nazca lines show strange beast

FOX News

Researchers from Japan's Yamagata University working in the Nazca Pampas of Ica, Peru have announced the discovery of a geoglyph with quite a story to tell. In the central area of the Nazca Pampas, near the Majuleos gully, the team discovered an image thought to be the depiction of an animal with its tongue sticking out, spotted markings on the body and many legs. The team believes that it represents an imaginary or mythical creature, and the scene is one of a decapitation. According to the team, the image was created using a technique from the Late Paracas Period, (400-200 B.C.) where darker surface stones are removed to expose the lighter ground beneath them. The removed stones are then piled up in order to shape the image.

AI helps discover new geoglyph in the Nazca Lines


Scientists from Japan have used machine learning for the first time to identify a new figure among the ancient motifs of Peru's Nazca Lines. The illustration, known as a geoglyph, is thought to date to between 100 BC and 500 AD, and was made by removing the dark stones of the Nazca Desert to reveal the white sand beneath. It's small, just five meters in height, and it shows a humanoid figure grasping a cane or club. Like the other drawings in the Nazca Desert, its exact function is unknown, but its discovery next to an ancient path suggests it might have been used as a waypoint. "It is in an area that we often investigated, but we did not know the geoglyph existed," Professor Makato Sakai, the leader of a team from Yamagata University that conducted the research, told The Verge over email.

'Mythical animal' sticks tongue out in latest Nazca geoglyph find

The Japan Times

YAMAGATA – After unearthing more than 340 geoglyphs in Peruvian town of Nazca, a team of researchers from Yamagata University has announced the discovery of a new one that is thought to depict an imaginary or mythical creature sticking out its tongue. The team, launched in 2004, found the latest geoglyph by chance during field research last September on the distribution of the Nazca Lines. The depicted animal, about 30 meters long, has eight legs extending from its body over which spotted markings are drawn. The tongue sticks out of the head, which has two eyes. Based on the drawing techniques used, the team estimates the geoglyph was created between 400 and 200 B.C.