Aveni, Anthony F.. Order in the Nazca lines

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Title: Order in the Nazca lines

Published in: The lines of Nazca, edited by Anthony Aveni

Published By: The lines of Nazca, edited by Anthony Aveni Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1990.41-113 p.: ill.

By line: A. F. Aveni

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2015.

Culture: Nazca (SE51)

Subjects: Recording and collecting in the field (126); Archaeological survey methods (129); Comparative evidence (171); Visual arts (5311); Sacred objects and places (778); Ritual (788);

Abstract: Unlike most previous researchers, the author entertains the idea that the Nazca lines may have been created at different times for different reasons. Overlapping geoglyphs are clear evidence of sequential, not simultaneous, construction. There are three classes of lines: biomorphic, geometric, and straight. Straight lines are the most common, and the focus of this study. Contour maps of line centers and their lines were made, and termination points found. The Inka ceque system centered on Cuzco is presented as a close historical analogy. Conclusions about the lines include that: they were intended for people to move along; most can be associated with the flow of water across the plain; the majority do not have any astronomical orientations; they did not require much effort to create; and they were probably used in rituals related to agriculture and the bringing of water.

Document Number: 8

Document ID: se51-008

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 12:Aveni (1990, References cited…)

Field Date: 1980-1984

Evaluation: Archaeoastronomer-4, 5

Analyst: Sarah Berry; 2013

Coverage Date: 2200-1500 BP (200 BC-AD 500)

Coverage Place: "Pampa" (Nazca Lines), El Ingenio and Nazca districts, Nazca, Ica, Peru

LCSH: Nazca culture//Social structure--Peru--History//Nazca Lines Site (Peru)


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