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Driver arrested after truck damages Nazca lines World Heritage Site

Authorities in Peru have detained a truck driver accused of damaging part of the world-renowned Nazca lines, an ancient archeological treasure and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Huge etchings were scratched on the surface of a coastal desert in Peru 1,500 to 2,000 years ago

This Dec. 8, 2014 file photo shows an aerial view of the condor geoglyph in the Nazca desert, in southern Peru. Authorities in Peru detained a truck driver accused of damaging part of the world-renowned Nazca lines. The nation's Ministry of Culture says Jainer Flores drove into an unauthorized section of the U.N. World Heritage site on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, leaving tracks and damaging part of three lines. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)

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

The nation's Ministry of Culture says Jainer Flores drove into an unauthorized section of the U.N. World Heritage site on Saturday, 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 1,500 and 2,000 years ago.

They are believed to have had ritual astronomical purposes.

Greenpeace activists damaged the lines by leaving footprints in the adjacent desert during an event in 2014.

Greenpeace activists stand next to massive cloth letters next to the hummingbird geoglyph at Peru's sacred Nazca lines. The Peruvian government is pursuing criminal charges against the activists. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

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