‘Idiot’ driver destroys ancient Peru site; AP

Peru – Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa

A MAN has been arrested after driving his truck through a world-renowned archaeological site, damaging a wonder that has been there for up to 2,000 years.

AUTHORITIES in Peru have detained a truck driver accused of damaging part of the world-renowned Nazca lines.

The nation’s Ministry of Culture said Jainer Flores Vigo drove into an unauthorised section of the UN World Heritage site over the weekend, leaving tracks and damaging part of three lines.

The Nazca lines are huge etchings depicting imaginary figures, creatures and plants that were scratched on the surface of a coastal desert between 1500 and 2000 years ago.

They are believed to have had ritual astronomical purposes.

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

Authorities found deep tire marks across an area of 50 metres by 100 metres in the site’s grounds and damage to three geoglyphs.

He was released after a magistrate said there was not enough evidence to prove that he had acted with intent, according to Peru’s Attorney-General Office.

Source: ‘Idiot’ driver destroys ancient Peru site


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