Dating the geometric Nasca lines in the Peruvian desert

  title={Dating the geometric Nasca lines in the Peruvian desert},
  author={William Jack Rink and Jens Bartoll},
  pages={390 - 401}
The Nasca lines are geoglyphs – arrays of stones forming geometric shapes constructed by ancient humans, the largest ones occupying areas of more than 1km2. The authors used optically stimulated luminescence dating of quartz buried when the stone lines were constructed to give new dates for contexts associated with geoglyphs on high mesetas near Palpa. They conclude that the stone lines at sites at San Ignacio and Sacramento were constructed between AD 400 and 650. This suggests that they were… 
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