Maria Reiche and the Nasca Lines
They are one of the greatest mysteries of the world – the famous soil
drawings in the south of Peru. The Dresden-born scientist Maria Reiche tried
to disclose the secret around the creation and meaning of the geoglyphs.
Her theory, which says that it is a huge astronomical calendar
installation, isn’t proved until today. But her untiring effort led to the
protection of the delicate desert pictures by the UNESCO in the year 1995.
After destroying of a considerable part through road building, car traces and
curious pedestrians in the last decades it is particularly important to be
active on the maintenance of this cultural heritage for the posterity,
also in the view of pollution and the change in climate. For this our
association “Dr. Maria Reiche – Linien und Figuren der Nasca-Kultur in Peru”
stands, which was established in Dresden.
A special matter of our association is the appreciation and keeping of the memory
of the devoted research work of Maria Reiche.
Furthermore our association from Dresden stand up for the protection and preservation
of the soil drawings, which are threatened by destruction.
Actively we support the research project of the University of Applied
Sciences Dresden, where the available results were put in a digital data model.
In this way it should be allowed interest people, institutions and scientists of
different sciences access to this data. The members of the association give lectures,
organize exhibitions and report about their work in the daily press and scientific
With the close contact between our association from Dresden and the
Peruvian twin association “Asociación Maria Reiche - Para las líneas de Nasca/Perú“
it is made a contribution to the international understanding and joined forces between
Nasca and Dresden – between Peru and Germany. The members of the association hope that
the cooperation between the different sciences and nations will be further extended
to continue the life work of Maria Reiche and to guarantee the preservation of this
endangered cultural heritage.