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Blythe Intaglios [2]

The Blythe Intaglios, located north of Blythe, California, are a set of five fenced giant Indian geoglyphs in the Mojave Desert, created from around 900BC to 1200AD.  Being North America's version of the Peruvian Nazca Lines, they were not seen discovered until 1932 by a pilot flying over the area.  Nearby here is a modern intaglio w/ a helicopter & a "GO AWAY" inscribed in the dirt.  Panoramas taken by fellow 360cities photographer Calvin Jones intrigued me to see the place for myself.

A nearby plaque reads as follows:

Animal Figure

Native American oral histories mention mythological characters that may be represented in the figure you see here.  Their stories mention the mountain lion who changes into a person and helps the Creator with the earth.  Some non-Native Americans believe the figure represents a horse, which would date the site to post-Spanish visitation of the area.

This animal figure is oriented northeast-southwest, with its head pointing southwest.  The body is 65.6 feet long and 13.1 feet wide.  The legs are 26.2 feet long and end with small half circles that may represent a paw or a hoof.  The figure has visible ears on top of its head and its mouth is open.  When it was originally documented, a rock was located in its head representing an eye.  The rock has since been removed.

Is this figure roaring at something nearby?

Cultural resources are protected under the 1906 Antiquities Act and the 1979 Archaeolocial Resources Protection Act.

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 20756x10378
Taken: 02/01/2017
Uploaded: 02/01/2017
Updated: 05/03/2017


Tags: blythe intaglios; native american; indian; geoglyph; geoglyphs; california; mojave desert; national register of historic places
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