New Nazca Discovery Depicts An Orca Whale

The giant figure was found and recovered by archaeologists but is in danger from land traffickers who have surrounded the area and prevent access to tourists.

The archaeological discoveries in the Pampas of Nasca and Palpa do not cease to amaze the world, this time it is the discovery and recovery of a huge geoglyph that represents an orca, a cetacean that is part of the beautiful iconography of the Nasca Culture.

The Orca is one of the most enigmatic and ancient drawings of the Palpa-Nasca circuit and it took 50 years for the Peruvian state to recover it when it was already lost.

It is a gigantic drawing that was engraved on the hillside of a hill located on the outskirts of Palpa, in the Ica region, a place famous for being the home and study centre of the archaeologist María Reiche.

The killer whale is a cetacean that inhabits all the seas of the world. It is known as the ‘killer whale’ because of its enormous size and ferocity.

In ancient Peru, the Nasca considered it a deity linked to the sea and was represented in its fine sculptural ceramics.

The geoglyph of the killer whale was photographed in the early 1960s and was considered to have disappeared when it was identified and rescued by the team of archaeologists led by Johny Isla Cuadrado, head of the Decentralized Office of Culture in the Ica region.