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Blythe Intaglios, Blythe
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The Blythe Intaglios or Blythe Geoglyphs are a group of gigantic figures found on the ground near Blythe, California in the Colorado Desert. The intaglios are found east of the Big Maria Mountains, about 15mi north of downtown Blythe, just west of U.S. Highway 95 near the Colorado River. The largest human figure is 171ft long. The intaglios are best viewed from the air.The geoglyphs or intaglios (anthropomorphic geoglyphs) were created by scraping away layers of darker rocks or pebbles to reveal a stratum of lighter-valued soil. While these "gravel pictographs" are found through the deserts of southeastern California, human figures are found only near the Colorado River. The figures are so immense that many of them were not observed by non-Indians until the 1930s. The set of geoglyphs includes several dozen figures, thought to be ceremonial in nature. Many of them are believed to date from the prehistoric period, but their age and the identity of their creators are still uncertain. Jay von Werlhof and his collaborators obtained 13 AMS radiocarbon dates for the figures, ranging from 900 BCE to 1200 CE.RediscoveryIn 1932, a pilot flying between Las Vegas, Nevada and Blythe, California noticed the Blythe geoglyphs. His find led to a survey of the area by Arthur Woodward, Curator of History and Anthropology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
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  • Do not follow Goolge Maps like we did. Go on U S Highway 95 and look for the Carin on the right hand side of the road and the sign and turn away from the river. It is a Bureau of Land Management histo...  more »
  • We really enjoyed viewing these intaglios. It raised a lot of questions for me that I need to investigate further. If you're at all interested in archaeology cultural anthropology just history of the ...  more »
  • If you are into hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, ancient peoples, and archeology, these are really worth seeing! Well worth your time!! 
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  • Amazing to see. At first it is hard to distinguish what you are looking at, then it appears and it is spectacular! They are figures, essentially cut into the dirt, by Ancient Man.
  • Not so crowded... Very interessting place. Just you and nothing!
  • They where much more pronounced forty five years ago, when I first visited
  • Interesting
  • Nice......