Nazca plain geoglyphs speak structural grammar

Main group of Nazca geoglyphs (after National Geographic. Stoneprint labels and axial grid by Edmond Furter). Straight lines were removed for clarity. North is left.

Hundreds of criss-crossing trapezium lines form a kind of ‘forest’ over the core area of the Nazca geoglyphs. The character figures are in continuous-line format, indicating a well-developed style, perhaps based on textile weaving crafts, or to enable processions. Their ecological themes speak of climate change. Here is the peripheral sequence of characters in the Nazca core area is (noting archetypal features):

1 Builder or Taurus; Spiral A (twisting).
2 Builder or Taurus; Spiral B (twisting), due west of the axial centre.
2c Basket or Algol; ? and ?, directly between 2 and 3, off the grid as the c-types usually are.
3 Queen or Aries; ? near small trapezoids (3 Aries Triangulum, knife).
4 King or Pisces; ? near an orca whale (fish, or decan Pisces Cetus, Whale). None of these figures are to any astronomical scale or orientation, and thus archetypal.
4p Galactic South Pole; End (juncture) of a distinct set of parallel lines, aligned to a distinct small rectangle.
5a Priest or Aquarius; Alga sea-bird, long, large (large).
5b Priest or Aquarius; Condor (varicoloured), spread-eagled (hyperactive), large (large). To its south, on a hill among water flow lines, lies the halved man, with a tailcoat head (of type 5c).
6 Exile or Capricornus; Spider, long rear leg, near the centre (ingress).
7 Child or Sagittarius; Small cluster of lines, perhaps looped (bag, rope); also the spider’s ball and thread (rope, bag).
8 Healer or Scorpius; Head outline over a pair of large hands (strength feat), adjacent to a tree (pillar); also a large flower (unfolding is more usual at type 7) on a thick stem (pillar).
9 Healer or Scorpius; Lizard (more typical of type 10), arms forward (bent forward).
10 Teacher or Libra; Iguana, stiff-legged (staffs or pillars, more typical of type 9).
11 Womb or Virgo; Spiral D; and a frigate bird (off the image frame) carrying a large bag (womb, like the stork of Western myth).
11p Galactic Pole; Heron beak (limb joint).
12 Heart or Leo; Bee or insect.
13 Heart or Leo; Spiral C.
14 Mixer or Cancer; ? near the centre (ingress)
15 Maker or Gemini; Pelican?, diving, with a large dewlap (bag).

Galactic polar markers are outside the irregular equator of types, an unusual feature. There is no horizontal axis, since the figures are all differently oriented. The celestial poles may lie north-south of the axial centre, placing summer in Leo-Cancer, thus spring and the cultural inspiration in Age Taurus-Aries, about BC 1500, long before the work as usual.

The general theme of the Nazca geoglyphs could be type 8/9 Healer or Scorpius, typical of pillars (here a tree of life), trance vision, healing, ritual, and strength (here as large hands).

The stoneprint analysis score of the Nazca geoglyphs map is 16/25 attributes, 16/16 axial points, 2/5 polar markers, 2/4 thematic features; total 37/50, minus 5 extra features off the grid; total 32/50, or 64%, just above the average range……………. [see a revised scoring formula in later posts] …………..

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