Truck Driver Drove Right Over the Stunning Nazca Lines

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There is a 2,000-year-old archaeological mystery preserved in Southern Peru: gigantic images carved into the desert by unknown ancient artists.

Truck Driver Drove Right Over the Stunning Nazca Lines

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There is a 2,000-year-old archaeological mystery preserved in Southern Peru: gigantic images carved into the desert by unknown ancient artists. The stunning Nazca Lines depict birds, monkeys, and humans, as well as some of the creations, span up to 1,200 feet. The breaking news is that a man just drove over them with his truck.


As CNN reports:


Jainer Jesus Flores Vigo, 40, was arrested after he allegedly ignored warning signage and drove over UNESCO World Heritage site, the ministry said.

Also, according to NPR:


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.

Vigo left tire tracks in a football field-sized area of the geoglyphs and damaged three of them. Peruvian authorities released him since they didn’t have any evidence that he had done it intentionally. They shared a picture of the damage on Twitter:




Artists from pre-Hispanic Peruvian societies from 500BC to 500AD created the giant drawings by removing the darker rock's top layer to reveal the lighter earth below, as UNESCO reports. The dry desert environment has allowed the markings to remain for 2,000 years.


This is not the first time plain stupidity has led to somebody damaging the lines. Greenpeace had performed a stunt in 2014 in which they laid big pieces of yellow cloth on the lines.


References: NPR, CNN, Gizmodo

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