LIMA – Peru’s Culture Ministry said it will use aerial and satellite imagery from NASA to produce a plan for the preservation of the Nazca and Palpa lines.
Under an agreement with U.S.-based Cultural Site Research and Management, the ministry will have no-cost access to data obtained by NASA’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar.
The apparatus flew over the Nazca and Palpa lines in 2013 and 2015 gathering “valuable information,” the ministry said.
The images show the most fragile areas and spots where the geoglyphs have been worn away by human activity.
NASA’s images constitute a kind of “X-ray of the Nazca and Palpa plains,” Peru’s deputy minister for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Industries, Juan Pablo de la Puenta, said.
The Palpa and Nazca lines, located in the southern coastal region of Peru, depict animals, zoomorphic creatures, plants and geometric forms that can be fully comprehended only from the air because of their large size.
The Palpa geoglyphs, discovered in 1926, were carved by the Paracas culture and precede the Nazca figures, detected the following year and more famous because of the complexity that makes them the most important legacy from the Nazca culture, which flourished between 100 B.C. and A.D. 600.