A huge geoglyph in the shape of an elk or deer discovered in Russia may predate Peru's famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years.
The animal-shaped stone structure, located near Lake Zjuratkul in the Ural Mountains, north of Kazakhstan, has an elongated muzzle, four legs and two antlers. A historical Google Earth satellite image from 2007 shows what may be a tail, but this is less clear in more recent imagery.
Excluding the possible tail, the animal stretches for about 900 feet (275 meters) at its farthest points (northwest to southeast), the researchers estimate, equivalent to two American football fields. The figure faces north and would have been visible from a nearby ridge.
Among the finds from the excavations are about 40 stone tools, made of quartzite, found on the structure's surface. Most of them are pickaxe-like tools called mattocks, useful for digging and chopping. "Perhaps they were used to extract clay," he writes in the email.
The style of stone-working called lithic chipping used on one artifact dates it to the Neolithic and Eneolithic (sixth to third millennia B.C.), though Grigoriev says the technology is more typical of the Eneolithic, between the fourth and third millennia B.C.
If that date is correct, it would make the geoglyph far older than Peru's Nazca Lines, the very earliest of which were created around 500 B.C. Grigorievadded that current studies of ancient pollen at the site will help to narrow down the age
Originally posted by littled16
reply to post by isyeye
I wonder what Erich von Daniken will have to say about this.
Oh I dunno, it's trying to depict something. (a pile of root vegetables possibly ) Maybe these were early prototype glyphs, and who ever made them didnt have a very good concept of how large drawings should be done. And it wasn't until the aliens came, gave a few folks an aerial view, and saw how hard they'd failed, that they learnt.
Originally posted by TheSparrowSings
It doesn't look much like a geoglyph to me. Maybe early road/pathway markings... Cool, still, thanks for sharing.
Originally posted by Acidtastic
Not sure where they got Elk or Deer from, looks quite badly "drawn" if it's animal. Almost like an anteater drawn by a todler.
It's still freakin awesome though, so thank you very much for posting it