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Peru link to Indian archaeological find?
By Harsh Kabra
This feature is shaped like the Roman numeral VI. Each arm of this feature is a trench that is about two metres wide, two metres deep and more than 100 metres long.
The Kutch region is host to several archaeological findings belonging to the Harappan civilisation (3000-1500 BC).
This has led to the speculation that this feature could be related to the Harappan civilisation.
Dr Karanth clarifies that it is too early to arrive at any conclusion.
"It could be a manmade feature or may have been formed naturally due to erosion of the hill slope along a fracture formed by the movement of earth's crust," he says.
"However structures formed naturally due to erosion generally tend to be parallel to each other. But here, all three arms are in different directions. Besides, all the ditches are almost uniformly wide and deep."
He says that one of the prominent explanations given for the Peruvian features is that they may have been constructed to make astronomical observations and calculations.
"The Tropic of Cancer passes through Kutch. So if this structure is man-made, it is likely that the slope of the hillock was utilised for making certain astronomical calculations in the past," explains the geologist.
Interestingly, there are numerous indications to suggest that Harappans were well-versed in astronomy.
The straight streets of that time were oriented in the cardinal directions - east, west, north and south.
Linkages between ancient Harappan scripts and latter Vedic texts also suggest that Harappan priest-astronomers tracked the progress of various planets and mapped the sky.
Dr Karanth has also discovered ruins of a fort-wall, houses, storage tank and a temple on the hilltop.
They may, he says, belong to the period of the Kathi Darbar, a warrior class from the Kathiawad region.
Originally posted by Shane
According to some recently investigated markings, found in India, there is a question as to if this happens to be similiar to what is found in the Peruvian Nazca Plain.
...He says that one of the prominent explanations given for the Peruvian features is that they may have been constructed to make astronomical observations and calculations...
There is obviously more to investigate, but the idea that Peru was something unique, may be finding some company from the opposite side of the globe.
Originally posted by Harte
Interesting find, but I wouldn't go overboard on the Peru connection.
So, these lines in India must then be the skid marks from three crashing vimanas, I'd guess!