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Gypsy Journal RV: Blythe Intaglios

From the bloggers at Gypsy Journal RV.

With so many RVers going to the big campout in the desert at Quartzsite, Arizona, I thought I’d share a story from the January-February 2007 issue of the Gypsy Journal about an interesting day trip you can take from there.

A few miles north of Blythe, California, off U.S. Highway 95, we discovered a series of mysterious images of humans, animals, and geometric designs scraped into the earth’s surface. Known as the Blythe Intaglios, the figures are believed to be between 450 and 2,000 years old.

The site consists of a group of three large human and animal forms made by scraping the top layer of desert cover away, exposing the lighter layer underneath. The largest figure is an image of a woman, over 170 feet long. There are also images of a snake and a four legged animal. Archaeologists are not sure how old the geoglyphs are, because dating techniques have not been developed to determine the age of such ancient artwork. Some archeologists believe this is a horse, in which case the intaglios would date to after 1540, when the Spanish brought horses to North America. Other scientists think it is a mountain lion, which could date the site to as much as 2,000 years ago.

To read the full story by Gypsy Journal RV, click here.

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