Recently released by NASA, satellite images revealed huge, weird patterns on the Earth’s surfaced presumably made by human beings some 8000 years ago. The geometric patterns are located in Kazakhstan. Found by Kazakh economist Dimitriy Dey while browsing Google Earth in 2007, the so-called Steppe Geoglyphs are remarkable earthworks that are found on the otherwise barren Central Asian landscape.
Two weeks ago, NASA released clear images taken by satellite from 430 miles away from earth. Compton J. Tucker, a senior biospheric scientist for NASA, said of the find, “I’ve never seen anything like this; I found it remarkable,” according to The New York Times.
A square among the Steppe Geoglyphs
On the Kazakh steppes are found the forms of rings, crosses, squares, and swastikas too. Some of them are more than one kilometer long. One of these geometric shapes is believed to have been made more than 8,000 years ago. This would make it more than 3,000 years older that the pyramids of Egypt. The shapes are made from circular mounds of soil about one meter high and 10 meters wide. There are approximately 260 mounds. In a 2014 conference in Turkey, they we described as a previously unstudied artifact of human intervention in the natural environment. It is possible that the earthworks were used for astronomical observations and to track the Sun.
One of the many circles of the Steppe Geoglyphs
The research carried out by economist Dey appears to show that people of the Mahandzhar culture – rulers of the extensive plains in northern Kazakhstan – constructed the mounds in the period between 5,000 and 7,000 B.C. The building of the mounds contradicts previously held concepts of nomadic peoples, since archaeologists had not anticipated that an otherwise nomadic people would remain anywhere long enough or make the required effort to build the mounds.
Linked circle mounds of the Steppe Geoglyphs
Similar such geometric patterns have been found in Peru. Called the Nazca lines, the mysterious pre-Columbian markings in Peru have so far defied explanation. In some cases, the lines form the outlines of animals, such as monkeys and hummingbirds.
Canadian archaeologist Persis B. Clarkson said of the Kazakh find, “The idea that foragers could amass the numbers of people necessary to undertake large-scale projects – like creating the Kazakhstan geoglyphs – has caused archaeologists to deeply rethink the nature and timing of sophisticated large-scale human organization as one that predates settled and civilized societies,” according to The New York Times.
An example of the Nazca lines in Peru
NASA has cooperated with archaeologists for decades. In the 1980s, the U.S. space shuttle discovered ancient irrigation canals in the Sudan. In the 1990s, the National Geographic Magazine and NASA cooperated in using advanced remote sensing technology to uncover new details about the Maya civilization in Central America.