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(Phys Org2)   New study on Incan Nazca Lines: We're not saying it's Peruvians, but it's Peruvians   (phys.org) divider line 27
    More: Followup, Nazca Lines, Peruvian, entirety, archaeologists, University of Bristol, digital mapping, Department of Archaeology  
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2012-12-09 11:04:53 AM  
But I always loved the theory that they were navigation aids for ancient extraterrestrials. You know, beings that navigated from Alpha Centauri to Earth, but needed lines to find Peru.
 
2012-12-09 12:22:04 PM  
No. I refuse to believe that ancient humans were capable of drawing straight lines. It had to be aliens.
 
2012-12-09 12:32:54 PM  
Their "New Light" seemed remarkably unenlightening

/like a lot of labyrinths, they seemed to just wind up back where they started
 
2012-12-09 12:44:19 PM  
So now they're Peruvian Lines?

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2012-12-09 12:47:56 PM  
It was an early attempt at a 2D printed warp drive. The Nazca succeeded and have now colonized Andromeda, which is why they disappeared from Earth.
 
2012-12-09 12:49:35 PM  
You give Egyptians enough beer, they'll build you a pyramid.

You give Peruvians enough coke, they'll build you a city on top of a mountain and decorate the mountain with etchings.
 
2012-12-09 12:51:41 PM  
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2012-12-09 01:16:54 PM  

mr_a: But I always loved the theory that they were navigation aids for ancient extraterrestrials. You know, beings that navigated from Alpha Centauri to Earth, but needed lines to find Peru.


My preference was for the "Aspies didn't have any trains to count so we had to have SOMETHING for them to do" theory.

YMMV
 
2012-12-09 01:21:47 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: No. I refuse to believe that ancient humans brown people were capable of drawing straight lines. It had to be aliens.


FTFY

Remember, aliens built everything where people aren't white. 

/Or wear crazy hair wigs
 
2012-12-09 01:29:25 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: No. I refuse to believe that ancient humans were capable of drawing straight lines. It had to be aliens.


OK, I have to take umbrage.

When lack of any other anthropological evidence is available, it's always aliens. It is hubris to assume that the early human civilizations achieved what they did through intelligence, ingenuity and very hard work, it was aliens.

There is absolutely no way that the civilizations that made the Nazca lines did so using writing, or application of mathematics, especially not trigonometry, or through surveying techniques.

No, the only clear answer, is that is was aliens. Look at the example HempHead posted. A cultural example of applied mathematics? No, an interstellar advertisement for, "You gotta check out the monkeys!".

[In full disclosure, I've watched every episode of Ancient Aliens. I love it. Not because of anything to do with aliens, that is all conjectural bullshiat, in its entirety. But the first season of that show had some fantastic introductions to important anthropological sites. I especially love the underground cities in Cappadochia--I had never learned of them before! And the fact that the "megalithic" era of human history still provides wonder is damn cool.]
 
2012-12-09 01:47:02 PM  
i291.photobucket.com

The opening song is now in your head
 
2012-12-09 02:01:32 PM  
I love Ancient Aliens. Not because I believe that crap, but to me it's better than ambian or melatonin.

/15 mins in and I'm out like a light
//great go to sleep TV
 
2012-12-09 02:06:51 PM  
i159.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-09 02:11:07 PM  
The Inca came centuries after the Nasca, Subby. Two different cultures.
The lines were made by the Nasca, not the Inca.

Get your derp straight.
 
2012-12-09 02:34:56 PM  

mr_a: But I always loved the theory that they were navigation aids for ancient extraterrestrials. You know, beings that navigated from Alpha Centauri to Earth, but needed lines to find Peru.


It's not that the aliens needed them insomuch as the Peruvian people thought they needed them, in a Cargo Cult sort of way.
 
2012-12-09 02:37:20 PM  
"Palimpsest". Like the old football player George Palimpsest.
 
2012-12-09 02:56:45 PM  

Hector Remarkable: "Palimpsest". Like the old football player George Palimpsest.


No, that's George Plimpton. You mean Bill Palimpsest.

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2012-12-09 03:13:26 PM  
I don't see what's so hard about this:

1. Ancients believed that deities looked down from the sky
2. Ancients wanted to make shiat for said deities to see, on an ambitious scale
3. Ancients had the means and ability to do so, including with very straight lines, on very flat land available to them

If we find a downed flying saucer we can revise, but until then were just growing a gratuitous Occamustache.
 
2012-12-09 05:23:19 PM  
FTA: "Dr Nicholas Saunders of the University of Bristol's Department of Archaeology and Anthropology and Professor Clive Ruggles of the University of Leicester"

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2012-12-09 07:15:16 PM  
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2012-12-09 10:08:53 PM  
FTA: "which ended (or began) inside a spiral formation."

OMG. Munchkins.
 
2012-12-09 11:42:33 PM  

Ishkur: mr_a: But I always loved the theory that they were navigation aids for ancient extraterrestrials. You know, beings that navigated from Alpha Centauri to Earth, but needed lines to find Peru.

It's not that the aliens needed them insomuch as the Peruvian people thought they needed them, in a Cargo Cult sort of way.


NOW I understand!
 
2012-12-10 01:14:06 AM  

born_yesterday: especially not trigonometry


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Calculus Entropy: How do you do? I be Calculus Entropy, you be Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher?
Fletch: I be Fletch, Geometry Fletch. She be Miss Trigonometry Ross.
 
2012-12-10 01:55:06 AM  

Lionel Mandrake: [i159.photobucket.com image 391x310]


I have nothing more to add to this thread, other than that is the first time I've seen that and I laughed heartily. Thank you.
 
2012-12-10 09:33:52 AM  

Thanks for the Meme-ries: [i291.photobucket.com image 224x288]

The opening song is now in your head


Actually, it's the background beeping: dee-deedle-deedle-deedle-DEEdle-deedle-DEEdle-deedle, (repeat) punctuated by the occasional PEEEeeeewww of an air-to-ground bomb being launched.
 
2012-12-10 09:45:09 AM  

HempHead: [paradiseintheworld.com image 850x637]


Oh suuurrrrrrrrrrrrre.
Peruvian.
Making lines.

wait.
 
2012-12-10 11:14:15 AM  
You don't need no lines in Nascah! LEFT TURN! Another LEFT TURN!
 
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