|Image Courtesy of Charles Stanish and Science NOW.|
Sean Treacy, of Science NOW, has written an article about the recent discovery of geoglyphs from the Paracas people who lived in what is now southern Peru from 800 100 B.C.E who preceded the Nazca culture who are famous for their Nazca Lines and Geoglyphs.
"Because each group of geoglyphs pointed the way to a different settlement, Stanish believes the settlements were likely controlled by distinct political or ethnic groups. Each group probably built its own set of geoglyphs in order to draw followers throughout the desert to its own trade fairs and other social events, he says. This discovery not only provides a glimpse of what life was like before the Nazca, he adds, but it also shows the roots of how society developed when the dominant culture had no real government. "