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December 8 2012

Lines in the sand may have been made for walking


Famous line drawings etched into Peruís Nazca desert plateau around 1,500 years ago are enduring puzzles. At least one of them is also a labyrinth, researchers say.

Archaeoastronomer Clive Ruggles of the University of Leicester in England discovered the labyrinth ó a single path leading to and from an earthen mound, with a series of disorienting twists and turns along its flat, 4.4-kilometer-long course ó by walking it himself. From the ground, little of the labyrinth is visible, even while ambling through it. From the air, itís difficult to recognize the array of landscape lines as a connected entity.

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