Image: Johny Islas/Peru's Ministry of Culture-Nasca-PalpaThe Nazca Province of Peru is continuing to reveal its ancient secrets etched in the ground. Recently, a restoration team tasked with maintaining a platform in the iconic region uncovered yet another soil drawing. This time, the unequivocal figure of a feline is seen on the slope of a hillside overlooking the vast valley. The Peruvian Ministry of Culture couldn't contain its elation about the discovery, which was slowly eroding from view after thousands of years of weathering:
During a press conference, Ministry of Culture officials revealed that the lines date back to 200 B.C, an astounding fact that speaks volumes about the ancient Nazca people and their taxonomy knowledge:The figure was scarcely visible and was about to disappear, because it's situated on quite a steep slope that's prone to the effects of natural erosion.
The Nazca cat will now undergo a restoration process that should preserve it for generations to come, proving once again that cats (at least the ones in Nazca) occasionally have more than nine lives.With this discovery, once again, the rich and varied cultural legacy that the area harbors is revealed.