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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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  • 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 ...  read more »
  • If you are into hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, ancient peoples, and archeology, these are really worth seeing! Well worth your time!! 
  • There are many intaglios in the area. Locals and BLM will help you. These are sacred to Native Americans, especially the Yumans. Please treat them with respect as you would anything spiritual. They ar...  read more »
  • Not so crowded... Very interessting place. Just you and nothing!
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