Workers refurbishing a platform overlooking the iconic Nazca Lines in Peru could not believe their eyes when they stumbled upon a massive drawing of a cat that had been etched into a hillside thousands of years ago. According to a press release from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture announcing the remarkable discovery, “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.”
Fortunately, upon finding the feline, experts set about clearing and restoring the drawing, which measures 120 feet long and is believed to have been created around 200 BC to 100 BC. “With this discovery, once again, the rich and varied cultural legacy that the area harbors is revealed,” marveled the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. The proverbial Nazca cat is the latest in what has been a staggering series of finds made in the region over the last few years, including a whopping 50 previously unseen drawings documented in 2018 by way of a drone survey.