Cats in the ancient world continue their everlasting legacy


Nazca, a city in Peru, has been a great attraction for archaeologists because of centuries-old drawing etched in its desert named Nazca desert.  

Cats in the ancient world are always relevant

Nazca desert is famous for the Nazca lines. ‘Nazca Lines’ are the large drawings of the animals, plants, and other geometrical objects from the Nazca culture that existed in the area between 100BC and 800BC. 

Recently, archeologists have located a new geoglyph in the area. This latest discovery is 37 meters long cat etching and is about 2000 years old. 

The drawing is carved on a steep slope. The archaeologists say that the hillside is more prone to erosion; that’s why the etching was about to disappear when they found it. 

cats in the ancient world displayed in this etching carved into the desert
As if people needed more evidence that cats are amazing.

What the experts are saying

Johnny Isla, Peru’s chief archaeologist for the Nazca lines, said, “It’s quite striking that we’re still finding new figures, but we also know that there are more to be found.”

In a statement, Peru’s Ministry of Culture said, “The discovery shows, once again, the rich and varied cultural legacy of this site,” says Peru’s Ministry of Culture in a statement.

A modernization of some ancient egyptian cat drawings
The Ancient Egyptians were known to have drawn many cats. In fact, many in Ancient Egypt worshipped cats

[It] was about to disappear because it’s situated on quite a steep slope that’s prone to the effects of natural erosion,

Ministry of Culture

Dated between 100BC and 200Bc, this geoglyph is reported to be the oldest among all the lines that have been unveiled up till now. This prompts the question, why these etching didn’t degrade in the thousand of years?

The answer lies in the natural environment of the region that preserves these etchings. This is a desert area, marked with less rainfall. The sub-soil layer is rich in lime that hardens with the moisture and preserves the marks. That’s why these drawings have made it to this time. 

Many people also inquire why Naca people exerted this much effort in making these huge drawings. In this regard, the experts say that the community’s chances created these marks for navigation purposes that served as marks for the travelers.

A cat sculpture inspired by the ancient egyptian Sphinx
We see your cat etching and raise you a Sphinx scuplture

Conclusion

Cats in the ancient world must have been amazing. Or so easily recognizable that they became art everywhere. This is just one example of many cultures that fell for the average furball. In any case, this is one for the record books.