From the mysterious Paracas Candelabra in Peru to the infamous Nazca Lines, here are the 13 Most Weirdest Geoglyphs.
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8. The Paracas Candelabra
The candelabra is located in Pisco Bay, Paracas Peninsular, Peru where it lies carved into the side of a hilltop. It’s dated at being made all the way back in 200 BC and it’s quite remarkable how the design was able to survive this long considering its location and all. This is because the area suffers from nasty sandstorms that can last up to three days and levels of high winds. Many people have different opinions on what the design really depicts such as a cactus, Jimson Weed, and a trident.
7. The Uffington White Horse
Historians believe that this majestic horse was carved into the landscape back in 1,000 BC by using modern OSL dating. The horse can be found just near the village of Uffington in Oxfordshire, England, and some people have actually suggested that it resembles more of a large cat such as a lion or a leopard rather than a horse but a horse is what the general public believes it to be. The geoglyph needs to be recarved to show off the white chalk underneath otherwise it will eventually disappear over time.
6. The Long Man Of Wilmington
The Long Man is said to be created some thousands of years ago between the time of 1690 AD and 2,000 BC. It can be found on the hillside of Wilmington, East Sussex, England where it’ said to perhaps depict an Anglo-Saxon God of War. It also happens to be the tallest anthropomorphic geoglyph in the entirety of Europe thanks to it being 70 meters or 229 feet long. Apparently, the staffs that the long man is holding were once depicted as being a rake and scythe in 176 and even earlier than that had a helmet and facial hair in 1710.
5. Amazonian Geoglyphs
Geometric geoglyphs have been discovered all throughout the region of Boca do Acre, Brazil where they lie in abundance. They were first spotted sometime back in the 1970’s and were documented with aerial photos, however, only when scientists started using Google Earth back in 2006 did they make another discovery. More geoglyphs had shown up because of all the deforestation that had occurred and revealed the underlying images. Experts believe that this could be the sign of an unknown civilization that once thrived in the area and housed a population of more than 60,000 individuals.
4. The Cerne Abbas Giant
This geoglyph is also referred to as the “Rude Man of Cerne” and is supposed to depict a priapic man in the buff holding a club in his right hand. The rude man was discovered in Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England sometime between 183 AD and 1650 AD. It was made by carving into the hillside at approximately 30 centimeters where it was naturally outlined by the underlying chalk found in the area. It’s believed that the figure was once shown carrying a severed head in its left arm but that over time it vanished.
3. The Marree Man
Out of all the geoglyphs, this one happens to be the one that is the most recently discovered. The Marree Man was found situated in the Australian outback in 1998 or to be more specific in Marree Finnis Springs, South Australia. The Marree Man has been measured as being 2,600 meters or 8,530 feet long. No one seems to know for sure who the exact creator of this geoglyph actually is but some have speculated that it was created by an artist named Bardius Goldberg who was described as being “a wild artist.”
2. The Atacama Giant
With more than 5,000 geoglyphs discovered and documented in total, this is the largest collection of these wondrous ancient land art to exist. The cluster of images can be found located in the Atacama Desert in the northern region of Chile but the one that sticks out the most is the Atacama Giant. Experts believe that it’s supposed to be depicting an ancient pre-Incan shaman that is carrying an arrow and a medicine bag. Others feel that the depiction seems more alien-like than human due to the squareness of the head.
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1. The Nazca Lines
Perhaps considered the most famous of all the geoglyphs in the entire world are the Nazca lines that are located in Pampas de Jumana in the Nazca Desert of Peru. It’s estimated that the geoglyphs were created way back between 400 AD and 650 AD and it wasn’t until the early 1930’s that they were discovered. Since then, there has been well over 100’s of figures documented with more than 70 of them being zoomorphic.