Archaeologists have received a batch of strange pottery, which could help solve the mystery of the Nazca lines. There is still no agreement among archaeologists about the origin of these pieces.
In what is being hailed as a significant discovery, the find includes six worn-out ceramic pieces, the SDA news agency reported on Thursday. Pieces believed to date from between 1500 and 1000 BC were brought to the country by a private collector.
The finds mark the first time new “archaeological objects” have been found in the area surrounding the famous lines that can only be seen from air.
Archaeologist uncovered older items, including jewellery and a bronze buckle dating from between the seventh and tenth century.
The artefacts have been photographed, recorded and will now be undergoing specialist, detailed analysis. A decision will then be taken about what to do with them.
Archaeologists have investigated a 4m x 4m area on the site, which lies just off the A82. NHS Highland said that, with ground clearance work having been completed, it is not planned at this stage to carry out further archaeological work there. However, with more construction work planned on the other side of the main road, where houses and retail units are to be built, further finds have not been ruled out.
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