Nasca (Nazca) geoglyphs, Peru desert. The desert surface is covered by a layer
of dark stones lying on top of fine yellow sediment left by an ancient alluvial
deposit. The markings were made by simply moving the stones to one side as on
a giant scraper board. In places the surface is so fragile that even footsteps
Great Rectangle close to the Ingenio valley about 25 kms from Nasca town is the
largest single geoglyph on the desert pampa. It is almost a kilometre long and
107 metres at the widest point. At the southern end there is a large heap of stones
and to one side is the giant Frigate bird, one of the most iconic designs at Nasca.
Other features include several small clearings, stone heaps, trapezoids, paths
and straight lines making it one of the great centres of pre-historic activity.
By 1963 there were a small number of vehicle tracks and substantial excavation
by local treasure hunters.
MPP Microflex Twin Lens Reflex with F3.5 77.5mm Taylor Taylor Hobson lens. Film
Kodak Verichrome Pan at F5.6 - 1/300 second with a 3 x orange filter (Actina)
to increase the contrast between the stones and the yellow sediment. Developed
by hand in Lima using Kodak Microdol at normal dilution.
Peru 63-45-12 © Tony Morrison