Between 200 BCE and 600 CE people of the Nazca culture created gigantic geoglyphs in the the Peruvian desert of the same name. Such geoglyphs have been found around the world from California to Chile, but the Nazca ones are the largest and the most densely packed. The images drawn range from simple lines to monkeys and humming birds. It was as if the Peruvians had a giant Doodle-Pro. You don’t understand what the lines mean unless you are high up in the air and there are various theories on why they drew the images.
The feature has evoked the curiosity of archaeologists because such signs have mostly been observed so far in Peru. The team, led by Dr RV Karanth, a former professor of geology at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, Gujarat, has been involved in a palaeoseismological study of the Kutch region for the past 11 years.
The Kutch region is host to several archaeological findings belonging to the Harappan civilisation (3000-1500 BC).This has led to the speculation that this feature could be related to the Harappan civilisation.Dr Karanth clarifies that it is too early to arrive at any conclusion.
“It could be a manmade feature or may have been formed naturally due to erosion of the hill slope along a fracture formed by the movement of earth’s crust,” he says.
“However structures formed naturally due to erosion generally tend to be parallel to each other. But here, all three arms are in different directions. Besides, all the ditches are almost uniformly wide and deep.” [Peru link to Indian archaeological find]