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11 March 2019Nazca Lines
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Nazca Lines Maria Chester Monday 11 March 2019

Heavily  influenced  by  the preceding Paracas culture, the Nazca produced beautiful crafts and technologies such as ceramics, textiles, and geoglyphs. The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert. On this barren desert there are etched hundreds of straight lines, geometric  shapes  and  images  of  mammals, birds  and  plants. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized  hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas,  and  lizards. Although some of the figures can be worked out from the surrounding foothills the  full  designs  cannot  be  truly  appreciated  unless  viewed  from the sky.

There are more than 800 uncannily straight lines, some running for many kilometres. Whale bones still can be found in the sands of the Nazca desert. UNESCO declared the area a world heritage in 1994.

Maria Chester studied Fine Arts and Art History. She is a Professor on Pre-Columbian Art. She is multilingual and enjoys travelling. She taught in several South American universities as well as private institutions. She is a Senior Lecturer and she is also tutoring annual courses on Art History for BEA - Berwick Educational Association. She also works for Berwick Visual Arts delivering conferences linked to art exhibitions complemented with guided tours in Berwick upon Tweed, England. In May 2018, she was made a Visiting Research Fellow at CAUA Research Centre for International Elderly Education, Shanghai, China. She became an Accredited Lecturer of The Arts Society in October 2018. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina but travelled the world and is multilingual and she can lecture in Spanish (her mother tongue). Since 2003, Maria lives in the Scottish Borders, Scotland.