Inconsiderate truck driver scars Peru’s ancient Nazca Lines

February 2, 2018 by  
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The historic Nazca Lines of Peru have been damaged by the actions of an inconsiderate truck driver. The driver, who has since been arrested and will likely face charges related to an attack against cultural heritage, deliberately drove off the Pan-American highway and into the 2,000 year old UNESCO Heritage Site. Ignoring signs identifying the protected area, the driver left “deep scars” through the Nazca geoglyphs across an area of 100 by 300 feet. Fortunately, the damage seems to be fixable, though authorities are still conducting a full investigation of the incident. Carved into the desert by a pre- Inca civilization, the Nazca Lines are thought to have held religious significance and likely served as a site for spiritual ceremonies. Though virtually invisible if viewed from ground level, the geoglpyhs come to life when seen from above, whether on planes or surrounding foothills. The lines were originally created by removing the red pebbles that cover the ground to reveal the pale ground beneath. Because of the climactic stability of the Nazca region, located along Peru’s arid coastal plain , these ancient designs remain relatively untouched, the occasional errant truck driver notwithstanding. Related: Giant curtain built in Peru to study climate change in the cloud forests The Nazca Lines’s proximity to the Pan-American Highway, which runs 19,000 miles long from the United States to Argentina , has increased the potential for human-caused damage to the ancient site. One high-profile instance occurred in 2014, when Greenpeace activists faced criminal charges for damage inflicted on the heritage site whilst setting up a massive sign urging climate change action. While the most recent incident has prompted Peruvian authorities to increase patrols of the area, there are no guarantees. “While the Culture Ministry monitors areas with the largest concentration of geoglyphs every day, it may not be fully protected,” Peruvian Culture Ministry archaeologist Johnny Isla told Andina . “Entry and transit are possible through valleys and streams where the archaeological area spreads out.” Via The New York Times and Andina Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site

December 12, 2014 by  
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Greenpeace activists have been known to take strong step s to get their message across, but this latest stunt—aimed at garnering attention during the UN climate talks in Lima —may have caused irrevocable damage to one of Peru’s most sacred sites. In fact, this massive eco-blunder of theirs has earned them criminal charges from the Peruvian Government. The Nazca lines , created between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago, earned this site a  UNESCO World Heritage designation over 20 years ago. The area is so fragile, and so very sacred, that presidents and high-ranking officials have been forbidden from setting foot anywhere near it, so one can only imagine the public outcry about the disrespect that Greenpeace has shown by trespassing here. Read the rest of Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: archaeological damage , climate talks , Greenpeace , greenpeace activists , Nazca , nazca damage , nazca greenpeace , Nazca lines , Nazca Peru , Peru Nazca , un climate talks , UNESCO , Unesco Peru , United Nations

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MenoMenoPiu Architects design tiny capsule hotels with stunning views of the Parisian waterfront

December 12, 2014 by  
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