Logging 'caused Nazca collapse'

The ancient Nazca people of Peru are famous for the lines they drew in the desert depicting strange animal forms. A further mystery is what happened to this once great civilisation, which suddenly vanished 1,500 years ago. Now a team of archaeologists have found the demise of the Nazca society was linked in part to the fate of a tree. ... Our research contradicts the popular view that Native American peoples always lived in harmony with their environment until the Spanish Conquest.

2009-11-02

 Nazca environment tree Peru archaeology drawing desert history aerial mystery

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