Within our research project we try to find some evidence of Maria Reiche's astronomical
theory. In order to proof whether the ancient lines in the desert near Nasca show
a preference for the directions of the sun, moon, planets, brighter stars,
or whether the lines show any deliberate alignment with a center of some ancient
pattern of stars special software programs are necessary.
Once we have the accurate geometry of all the lines and areas in our database,
the astronomical azimuth and the altitude will be computed and stored as attributes.
These two angles of each line determine the astronomical direction within the
local horizontal system of a possible rise or set of a celestial body.
Very first results encouraged us to investigate and follow this theory.
For further information see the results of the diploma thesis of: