The picture above is of a new set of geoglyphs discovered in the Valley of El Ingenio in the Nazca plains of Peru. The glyphs include a bird, a camel, and a 60-meter (197-foot) long snake.
The new images were discovered after violent winds of up to 60 miles per hour blew through the region last week, creating a number of sandstorms.
During this time, the Nazca people created a number of large animal figures on the Peruvian plains, made up of miles and miles of lines in the earth.
We still don’t know for sure what purpose these figures served. There are a number of theories though.
A number of researchers believe the images served spiritual purposes. Some think that the Nazca were trying to create something that their gods could see from above, or that the lines were used to guide important ceremonial processions.
Others have theorized that the figures represent a sort of astronomical almanac that kept track of the days and seasons while also aiding in the planting and harvesting of crops.
But despite the lines being studies by anthropologists, archaeologists, and astronomers, among others, no conclusive evidence has ever been found for a theory.
Check out some images of other Nazca lines below. Click an image to enlarge:
(h/t Ancient Origins)