Well, folks, it’s the end of the line for me here. I’ve enjoyed my time gallivanting across the world, doing my best to discover hidden secrets and expose the deep-state globalist cabal, but other duties are calling me as the weather warms up and great minds turn their attention back towards the games that men play… with training camp just two months away, I need to get back to my prep for this. This week, I took my final adventure in the Mystery Machine before I head back to Seattle for the rest of the year. Fitting that at the end of my line, I’d be learning more about lines this week…
THE NAZCA LINES
Location: Nazca Desert, southern Peru
Date: c. 500 BC – 500 AD
The Story: In a remote, arid desert in southern Peru, massive drawings were discovered in 1927 when a Peruvian archaeologist spotted them while hiking through the nearby foothills. These giant drawings, which were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, are a highly complex series of lines that include large mazes and a wide variety of animals. To date, more than 70 of these drawings, known as geoglyphs, have been identified, with more emerging as archaeologists expand their research of the site. The lines were created by removing the red sand and rock on the surface of the desert to expose the lighter-colored sand and rock below; they are only between 10 and 30 centimetres in depth, making them potentially quite vulnerable to erosion, wind and heavy rain. As a result of this, their continued existence for possibly over 2000 years makes them an important piece of world heritage, but tricky to restore and protect as well.
What’s Weird: Nobody is exactly sure what the purpose of these lines are, or even when they were initially constructed. It’s believed that the majority of the lines were built by the Nazca people in the first millennium, but some are believed to be even older, likely constructed by the Paracas and Topará peoples, who predate the Nazca in the area. What makes this most curious is that the drawings are absolutely gigantic – while all of them are observable from hillsides nearby, the best views of the drawings come from planes flying overhead. Considering the primitive tools available to the people of this era, the size of the drawings is all the more remarkable.
What might have happened?
A number of theories abound about the purpose of the lines; many people believed initially that the lines were intended to be used initially as guide markers to help point the way to certain key places – possibly as a series of arrows, but they may also have related to constellations of stars in the night sky. Others today believe that the lines are somehow connected to irrigation drains; the Nazca people were successful in constructing canals and aqueducts to help move water through an arid landscape, and some researchers believe the lines may have been a part of that somehow. If this is has some semblance of truth to it, then it also leads to the idea that the Nazca were in fact a far more advanced civilization than previously thought, which would be a very interesting development in the study of the indigenous peoples of South America.
The most exciting, although admittedly implausible, theory to date on the Nazca lines is that they were in fact actually created by visiting aliens, or were the work of collaboration between the people of the region and the visiting space travellers. Due to the enormous size and inability to perceive the lines well from the ground, the use of flying saucers, spacecraft, etc. to guide the drawing thus has some possible merit to it…
Coach Carroll’s Hypothesis: If ANY of my guys say it wasn’t aliens that made these, they are CUT. Even Russell. Sick of this bias against extraterrestrials!
Banner image courtesy of Low Commander of the Super Soldiers.
Thanks to everyone who’s enjoyed this series over the last few months – it has been a real treat for me to get to tag along with Coach Carroll as we jetset around the globe in a minivan. No, I’m not quite sure how that works either, but somehow, it’s all okay. The [DFO] CFL Beat returns next week in this same timeslot – I look forward to bringing you news about the best football that Canada has to offer, and also the Montreal Alouettes. – The Maestro