Skip to comments.Truck Driver Plows Over Peru's 2,000-Year-Old Nazca Lines, Leaving 'Deep Scars'
Posted on 02/01/2018 12:56:47 PM PST by nickcarraway
A semitrailer driver ignored warning signs and drove over Peru's famous Nazca Lines on Saturday, causing significant damage to the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The driver, identified as 40-year-old Jainer Jesús Flores Vigo, was detained and released, according to newspaper Peru21.
The lines were scratched into the ground approximately 2,000 years ago and depict animals, plants, imaginary creatures and geometric figures miles long. Nazca's lines and geoglyphs stretch across an area of about 280 square miles.
A magistrate concluded that there wasn't sufficient evidence to indicate the driver acted with intent, Peru21 reports. Peru's public minister announced that Nazca's prosecutor's office was appealing the judge's decision. The ministry had sought nine months of preventive detention and a $1,550 fine while the investigation continues, according to the newspaper.
The rig left "deep scars" across a 50 meter by 100 meter (164 feet by 328 feet) area, the Culture Ministry said, affecting the surface of the ancient site and damaging three of the geoglyphs.
Argentine newspaper Clarín reports that the driver said he didn't know the area because he had never traveled there before and that he left the road because of a mechanical problem. The newspaper speculated that the driver actually drove off the Pan-American Highway to avoid paying a toll.
Greenpeace Apologizes For Stunt At Peru's Sacred Nazca Lines THE TWO-WAY Greenpeace Apologizes For Stunt At Peru's Sacred Nazca Lines UNESCO says the Nazca site is "the most outstanding group of geoglyphs anywhere in the world and are unmatched in its extent, magnitude, quantity, size, diversity and ancient tradition to any similar work in the world."
This isn't the first time people have damaged the site. In 2014, Greenpeace activists left footprints as they planted a message there in advance of U.N. climate talks in Lima.
Can you imagine if a drunk American ‘journalist’ did this?
You may never hear from him ever again.
They should fence that area off to protect it.
Grow some trees around the borders.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
That’s just great. now the ancient aliens will never come to visit us.
Or they will blow us up.
Why are they sacred? No one knows what they mean.
It’s above the tree line................
Kinda sounds like something I would do - sadly
How about a fence, folks.
Thanks nickcarraway. Great, now the effin' aliens are going to hover over all the world's cities and just wipe us the eff out! /s
A fence might spoil the view & someone could always drive through the fence. Maybe one of those doohickeys that punctures your tires if you drive over it would work.
Mom, we're bored.
*You kids go play in the dirt. Draw some pictures or something.
Other kids saw what they were doing decided to one up them. Snowballed when more kids got involved.
Or, they'll have a good laugh about the primitive artistic abilities of Earthlings.
Now I’ve seen everything.
Clips.(4 minutes) from “In Search of” https://youtu.be/etMHdEdAxiQ
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