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Giant 2,000-year-old cat mural found in Peru

A huge drawing of a cat relaxing has been uncovered in Peru’s Nazca Desert, and now we know where we’re headed the second international borders reopen.

The content looking kitty was found nearby the famous Nazca Lines which is a Unesco World Heritage site home to large drawings on the desert floor depicting mostly animals.

The drawings are thought to have been created by making depressions in the desert floor to expose coloured dirt.

According to BBC News, the cat was stumbled upon during construction of a path to a new viewing platform that would provide a good view of the Nazca Lines for visitors.

Peru’s ministry of culture told BBC News that the drawing is 37 metres long and has been cleaned and conserved since it was uncovered.

“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 ministry said.

Johny Isla, Peru’s chief archaeologist for the Nazca lines, told Spanish news outlet Efe that the cat predates the late Paracas era from 500 BC to 200 AD, making it around 2,000 years old.

Promperu’s Trade Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand, Mario Vargas, will be speaking at the travel industry’s most thought-provoking conference, Travel DAZE 2020, this week. To find out more or to register, click here.


Featured image source: Johny Islas/Peru’s Ministry of Culture-Nasca-Palpa, via Associated Press

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