The Nazca Lines are one of Earth’s most enduring mysteries. They are apparently in danger, reports Reuters:
Squatters have started raising pigs on the site of Peru’s Nazca lines – the giant designs best seen from an airplane that were mysteriously etched into the desert more than 1,500 years ago.
The squatters have destroyed a Nazca-era cemetery and the 50 shacks they have built border Nazca figures, said Blanca Alva, a director at Peru’s culture ministry.
She said the squatters, the latest in a succession of encroachments over the years into the protected Nazca area, invaded the site during the Easter holidays in April and that Peruvian laws designed to protect the poor and landless have thwarted efforts to remove them.
In Peru, squatters who occupy land for more than a day have the right to a judicial process before eviction, which Alva said can take two to three years.
“The problem is that by then, the site will be destroyed,” she said.
She said she counted 14 pig corals in a recent inspection that also revealed broken bits of Nazca ceramics.
The Nazca lines known as geoglyphs, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, were produced over a period of a thousand years on a 200 square mile (500 square km) stretch of coastal desert…
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