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Legacy of the Lines

The Nasca society lived in hyperarid conditions, a fact that likely contributed to their demise. “It wasn’t just climate conditions that caused the collapse of the early Nasca culture at Cahuachi, and we can say the same thing for the end of Nasca culture in general,” Peruvian archaeologist Johnny Isla said. “A state of crisis was provoked because water was more prevalent in some valleys than in others, and the leaders of different valleys may have been in conflict.”

Text Source: Hall, Stephen. (2010, March). "Peru's Nasca Lines." National Geographic, 217(3), 78-79.
Photo Credit:
  • Robert Clark