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Blythe Intaglios [1]

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.  Panoramas taken by fellow 360cities photographer Calvin Jones intrigued me to see the place for myself.

A nearby plaque reads as follows:

Human Figure

This human figure is the largest of the "Blythe Intaglios".  It is oriented north-south, with its head pointing south.  Its arms are outstretched and its feet originally pointed outward.  This figure measures 170.6 feet.  Its torso measures a maximum width of 16.7 feet.  It has clearly defined knees and elbows.  Four fingers are present on each hand and three toes on each foot.

Because of the fascination with the figure, this geoglyph has gone through several modern modifications.  These include the presence of stones for eyes and a mouth and two rocks on the chest for breasts.  The BLM has since removed all the stone modifications.  In addition, a phallus was scraped between its legs, but is not in contact with the figure itself.  In the 1970s some well-meaning students, under the guidance of their instructor, swept out the interior of the figure to make it more presentable.  Its original right foot was destroyed and a new foot constructed facing inward instead of outward.  The left foot was modified obscuring the original foot, and the right leg below the knee was also altered.  This original figure has several strands of hair radiating out from its head, which are no longer visible.

Could this figure represent the Creator because of its large size?

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

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


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