The mysterious Nazca Lines have baffled the world for centuries, with many archaeologists wondering just how the heck an ancient civilization dating as far back as 500 B.C. could have constructed such intricate lines without the use of any aerial vehicles. To this day the lines remain among the most astounding geoglyphs ever found, when scale and precision are taken into account.
Just this month, however, a man in a truck was caught driving through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, resulting in deep tire gouges across three of the glyphs.
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“They are the most outstanding group of geoglyphs anywhere in the world and are unmatched in extent, magnitude, quantity, size, diversity, and ancient tradition to any similar work in the world,” says UNESCO of the lines.
The driver was later arrested but was soon after released due to lack of evidence that the act was intentional rather than accidental. He claimed that he was forced to drive into the area due to a mechanical failure and was completely unaware that the land was off-limits and sacred. Prosecutors are still calling for a $1,550 fine to be issued to the driver, though, as well as nine months of mandated preventive detention while the matter is investigated.