The Theory of Jim Woodman

    An American explorer in the 1970's named Jim Woodman theorized that the only way that the Nazca people were able to build the lines in the sand were that they had to achieve flight. In his theory he stated that the Nazca invented the first hot air smoke balloon. He based his theory on when he, with the help of a grave robber, explored Nazca burial grounds. There he claimed to find pottery that depicted the implementation of hot air balloons. Woodman also claimed that the Nazca people would send off their dead in these balloons, only to fall into the Pacific Ocean. He said that this was a symbol to the Nazca that they were sending their dead off to the sun. To spite his critics he devised a way to make a hot air smoke balloon out of materials that were readily available to the Nazca. 

    Woodman knew the Nazca people had an excellent textile industry that produced high grade weaving and cloth. He theorized that the smoke from the burning, would block the porous clothe and keep the hot air inside long enough to have lift off. So then Woodman built his balloon, after several attempts at awkward takeoffs and landings Woodman achi
eved a total flight time of only a few minutes
     There are several problems with Woodman's theory the first is that the Nazca lines can be seen from the surrounding foothills, as documented b
y archaeologist Toribio Mejia Xesspe in 1927. Also the Nazca people, like the Incas, worshiped there ancestors. Sending them off into oblivion completely goes against what they would believe in. Thus, the Nazca buried there dead with some items and based on recent research the deeper the bodies the higher the social status. Another reason why Woodman is false, is the direction of the prevailing winds. In that area, the winds blow from west to east, so the balloons not crash into the ocean but rather in the Andes mountains in the east.