The Nazca Lines are a 2,000-year-old mystery in southern Peru beloved by alien conspiracy theorists and ancient history buffs: enormous images called geoglyphs carved into the desert that can only be seen the sky. The lines depict human figures, birds, monkeys, and other creatures stretched over thousands of feet. They are the unique legacy of a mysterious civilization—and a truck driver just carved tire tracks across this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
According to CNN, a 40-year-old driver named Jainer Jesus Flores Vigo took his truck, left the highway, ignored warning signs, and drove straight across the protected landmark. He left tire tracks across an area approximately the same size as a football field.
Anyone hoping to view the lines from helicopters or by aerial photography will now have to admire Flores’ donuts in addition to the ancient art. The biggest problem is that the dry desert environment that has preserved the geoglyphs will also preserve the tire tracks.
Millenia ago, the unknown artists created the lines by removing the top layer of darker rock to reveal the lighter earth below. No one knows why the glyphs were created or why they can only be seen from high above the ground, but they are some of the most beautiful and best preserved of their kind. Well, most of them anyway.