Two French scientists discovered in the desert of Thar, in India, what would be the largest geoglyphs discovered so far in the world, as published in volume 27 of ‘Archaeological investigations in Asia’, an academic journal.
The study was made from Google Earth. The researchers managed to identify eight locations in the Jaisalmer district with geometric lines.
Geoglyphs are figures ‘drawn’ on the ground or on mountain slopes. Several of the most famous are the so-called ‘Nazca lines’, south of Peru.
In the research they say that data was collected in the field along with images taken by a drone to size the size of the lines. What scientists Carlo Oetheimer and Yohann Otheimer found near the town of Boha were two geometric figures.
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The first, a giant spiral, and the second, a drawing in the form of an ‘atypical snake. Both are connected with a group of winding or curvy lines.
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The triad occupies 20.8 hectares and it is more than half of the 48 kilometers of lines observed.
But they also reference another finding: three commemorative stones at key points would explain that knowledge of planimetry has been used to create this design.
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The scientists used hypothetical building modalities to determine the origin of these lines. As they explain, could be at least 150 years old and they would be related to the stones around it that would be used for commemorations by the Hindus.
At the conclusion of the study, they indicate that these geoglyphs would be the largest discovered worldwide and for the first time in the Indian subcontinent.