Blythe Intaglios

Centuries ago Indians living in the Great Colorado River Valley created gigantic figures on the grounds surface for reasons unknown to modern man. The figures are known to archaeologist as "Intaglios" (In tal' yos), an Italian term which refers to an engraving act process.

This type of antiquity is very uncommon worldwide. The Intaglios known to exist in this continent are in the desert southwest and most of those are near the Colorado River. The best known site, the Blythe Intaglios, is located approximately 15 miles north of Blythe, California.

The site is situated on two mesas. There are a total of six distinct figures in three locations. There is a man - like figure at each of the locations and an animal figure at animal is variously interpreted as a horse or mountain lion. Aerial views provide the best visual perspective.

The Blythe Intaglios were discovered in 1931, by an airplane pilot, but their dates of origin, Purpose, meaning, and who created them remains a mystery. They could be more than 1,000 years old, but they are probably 200 years old. They could have been made by Mohave Indians; however, present day Mohave; however disclaim any knowledge of their origin.

The dark gravel formation on the desert mesas is called "desert pavement". Few plants cover the ground in this harsh desert environment. The fine soil particles have been washed and blown away over the centuries, leaving the larger rocks and pebbles concentrated on the surface. Trials, artifacts, Intaglios are among the most delicate of all. Volunteer groups have assisted in the construction of protective fencing.

Please keep all vehicles on the designated roadway and help preserve these cultural resources for future generations to appreciate. Thank you.

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