Bulldozer Destroys Pyramid at 5,000-Year-Old Site in Peru

04 Jul 2013 12:40 PM | Anonymous

Bulldozer Destroys Pyramid at 5,000-Year-Old Site in Peru

After knocking down the six-meter-high (20 foot) building, which covered 2,500 square meters (3,000 square yards), the group scattered refuse over the rubble and set it ablaze, the Culture Ministry said in an e-mailed statement. They were caught by police attempting to tear down some of the 11 other pyramids on the site.

Enlarge imageBulldozer Destroys Pyramid at 5,000-Year-Old Site in Peru

Bulldozer Destroys Pyramid at 5,000-Year-Old Site in Peru

Bulldozer Destroys Pyramid at 5,000-Year-Old Site in Peru

Ernesto Benavides/AFP via Getty Images

Archaeologists work at the El Paraiso archaeological site in Lima.

Archaeologists work at the El Paraiso archaeological site in Lima. Photographer: Ernesto Benavides/AFP via Getty Images

“The damage caused is irreparable,” the ministry said. Those responsible face as many as eight years in prison, it said

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-02/bulldozer-destroys-pyramid-at-5-000-year-old-site-in-peru.html

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