The Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are a wondrous mystery, geoglyphs carved into the Peruvian ground some 2,000 years ago, covering a swath of 1,000 square kilometers with more than 300 giant depictions of flora and fauna.

A truck driver ignored warning signs on a highway adjacent to the UNESCO heritage site on Saturday, leaving deep tire tracks across the glyphs, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.

The driver was identified as Jainer Jesus Flores Vigo, who was detained that night in the nearby city of Nasca, according to the authorities.

The damage surveyed by authorities was approximately 50 by 100 meters, according to authorities.

Three of the massive earth drawings were affected, they added.

The truck driver told investigators he had experienced mechanical problems, and had pulled off the Panamericana Sur Highway to change his tire.

Local media outlet Andina instead said the Transportes Pakatnamu SAC company truck driver was attempting to avoid a toll.

The National Police of Peru and the Prosecutor’s Office of Nasca are both investigating the allegations against Flores Vigo.

After a demonstration in the area of the lines was held in 2014, a Greenpeace activist from Europe was fined $200,000 and given a suspended jail sentence, according to an account in DW.

Archaeologists remain unsure of the exact significance of the Nazca Lines, though most ascribe religious purposes behind their construction and arrangement.