Peru’s ancient Nazca Lines were badly damaged after a truck drove over them; Talia Avakian; Travel & Leisure

Peru – Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa

A driver plowed into Peru’s sacred Nazca Lines, which date back thousands of years, leaving significant damage to the area.

A truck driver badly damaged Peru’s sacred Nazca Lines after plowing into the site on Saturday.

Officials from Peru’s Ministry of Culture said the truck driver, identified as Jainer Jesús Flores Vigo, drove through the UNESCO World Heritage Site at 6 p.m. that day, despite seeing signs warning trespassers. The truck left deep tire marks across the Nazca Lines that measured 165 feet by 330 feet.

Ministry officials also said the driver left damage to three different geoglyphs in the site, damaging culturally significant artwork that dates back thousands of years.

The Nazca Lines are ancient geoglyphs that sit in Peru’s Nazca desert, located in the southern portion of the country. They date from 500 B.C. to 500 A.D. and were created by etching the surface of the ground (which is dark sanded and graveled) to showcase the pale surface underneath.

Source: Peru’s ancient Nazca Lines were badly damaged after a truck drove over them

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