Experts find a mysterious picture in India, the largest man-made space

KOMPAS.com – Researchers found mysterious ancient drawings of striped patterns carved on land. The image is hidden in the vast and arid expanse of the Indian Thar desert.

The images are so large that even the Creators can never see them in full.

Citing Science Alert, Thursday (5/27/2021), the large picture is an example of a geoglyph or giant hand-made drawings and patterns built or carved into the ground.

Geoglyphs are often so extensive that their true shape can only be seen from a distance.

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Among all geoglyphs, the formations found in the Thar Desert are the largest graphic representations ever designed by human hands.

“By far the largest geoglyphs found worldwide and for the first time on the Indian subcontinent. Geoglyphs in the Thar Desert are also unique in terms of their mysterious markings, ”the researchers explain in a new article about the discovery.

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Geoglyphs in the Thar Desert were discovered by two independent researchers from France – Carlo and Yohann Oetheimer.

The new geoglyphs were discovered using Google Earth during a virtual survey of the Thar Desert, an area spanning approximately 200,000 square kilometers that overlaps with India and Pakistan.

In the midst of this large, dry landscape, Oetheimer identified several places around the golden city of Jaisalmer.

Closer observations during field studies with unmanned aerial vehicles showed even more clearly the existence of the mysterious line formation.

After that, the researchers mapped and found, in particular, that there are two extraordinary geometric shapes, namely a giant spiral and a serpentine image, each connected by a group of sinuous lines.

The pictures are made in the ground with a depth of 10 centimeters to a width of 20 to 50 cm.

The largest geoglyph identified is a giant asymmetrical spiral (called Boha 1) that consists of a single circular line 12 kilometers in length. The image is located over an area 724 meters long and 201 meters wide.

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To the southwest of the spiral shape is a meandering geoglyph (Boha 2), which consists of an 11 kilometer line that includes a serpentine figure, a smaller spiral, and a series of long boustrophedon lines that extend back and forth.

More smaller geoglyphs can also be found in the Boha region (including a meandering line called Boha 3) which is roughly 48 kilometers in total. However, researchers suspect that the line could be 80 kilometers long.

So far, the researchers do not know for whom and what the site was created for. However, researchers believe that geoglyphs act as a type of cultural practice related to religiosity, astronomy, or cosmology.

The researchers also said the formation isn’t ancient, but rather a relatively new geoglyph that’s at least 150 years old.

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Although much is unknown about the geoglyph, its unusual pattern and size indicate that its creator had a knowledge of mathematics and planimetry.

The researchers hope that the publication of their research will influence the Indian authorities to protect these mysterious lines before human activities destroy them.

This finding is reported in Archaeological research in Asia.