Peru’s ancient lines face 21st-century threatsBreaking News
The rudimentary straw-matting huts are pitched in the dry earth on the fringe of a protected area that covers 111,200 acres (45,000 hectares) — roughly 2 1/2 times the size of Washington, D.C. Directly below them is an ancient burial site still pitted by long-ago scars of tomb raiders hunting for priceless textiles, pottery or jewels.
The lines — one of Peru’s top tourist attractions and properly visible only from the air — were made by clearing away surface shale or piling it up onto other stones when the Roman Empire still existed. But there are signs modern vandals have been at work.
One giant trapezoid, which is not on the usual tourist aerial overview, has graffiti scrawled all over it.
Nearby, someone has also drawn a penis — a recent addition, judging by how the newly disturbed earth stands out brightly against the gray of the plain.
“Everyone thinks we’re exaggerating when we say the lines are being irreparably damaged, but I’d like them to see the amount of graffiti on these lines,” said Eduardo Herran, chief pilot at Aerocondor, who flies over Nazca almost daily.
comments powered by Disqus
- Rubio Surges Into Second In New Hampshire
- Branstad Says Cruz Ran ‘Unethical’ Campaign
- Christie Highlights Santorum’s Endorsement of Rubio
- Portman Comes Out Against Trade Deal
- Megyn Kelly Gets a Book Deal
- A Big List of the Bad Things Clinton Has Done
- An Unambiguous Sign Sanders Won Last Night’s Debate
- Still Friends at the End
- Quote of the Day
- Trump Still Leads as Clinton Slips
- Clinton Can’t Shake Image as Wall Street’s Friend
- Maddow Doesn’t See Sanders Winning
- Why Does the Media Still Shield Chelsea Clinton?
- Bush Jokes His Mother May Have Abused Him
- Rubio Closes the Gap in New Hampshire
- Transcribed Document: Soviet Politburo Discussed CIA Billion Dollar Spy Adolf Tolkachev
- Pentagon withholds Iraq War photos showing detainee abuse
- These Rebels Have Amassed A Library From Syria’s Ruins
- Was 1916 fire at Canadian Parliament set by German saboteur?
- United Nations Calls On U.S. To Pay African Americans Reparations For Slavery
- Juan Cole says America’s inclination to turn to the military started with Manifest Destiny
- History Jobs Drop
- Paul Krugman gives credence to Robert J. Gordon's pessimism about American economic growth
- Harvard President Drew Faust Condemns Free Tuition Proposal from Outsider Overseers Ticket
- Andrew Roberts says Trump is the Mussolini of America with double the vulgarity