A Blythe Intaglio in the Colorado Desert.

Blythe Intaglios: The Impressive Anthropomorphic Geoglyphs of the Colorado Desert

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Some suggest these impressive ground carvings were intended to sacred messages to ancestors or drawings to gods.  Indeed, from the ground, these geoglyphs are unremarkable and difficult, if not impossible, to decipher.  From an aerial view, the images becomes unmistakable which is, of course, how they were first discovered.  Boma Johnson, an archeologist for the Bureau of Land Management in Yuma, Arizona said he could not "think of a single [intaglio example] where [a person] could stand on a hill and look at [an intaglio in its entirety].”  Today, the Blyth Intaglios rank among the largest of California’s Native American drawings and the likelihood of discovering similar, hidden geoglyphs out in the desert still remains a possibility.

Featured image: A Blythe Intaglio in the Colorado Desert. ( Google Maps )

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By Bryan Hilliard

Comments

At what altitude is optimal for viewing these? would they be obviously
visible from about 300 feet?

The one is Controversial because it is not a Horse...It is a Camel. This would date these back a lot earlier than the Establishment is ever willing to accept.

Nice to know the drawings exist but a very speculative article.  How did the Indians draw them when they can only be distincly seen from the air? I know of no artist who on completion of work did not stand back and admire it. Therefore we can safely assume that the artists had air born vehicles.

  The estimated age is 450 to 2000 years old but they in fact could be any age as they have not been dated.

We have no idea who as we have no idea when and we further have no idea why or how We just don't know  much hey!

 

You really cannot be serious with that comment. Ofcourse you could make geoglyphs without the ability of flight. Use common sense and accept that aliens did not make EVERYTHING ancient.

I do believe in otherworldly encounters/earlier otherworldly encounters, but this does not seem like one of them. More like an ancient piece of amazing art.

// Oscar

You really cannot be serious with that comment. Ofcourse you could make geoglyphs without the ability of flight. Use common sense and accept that aliens did not make EVERYTHING ancient.

I do believe in otherworldly encounters/earlier otherworldly encounters, but this does not seem like one of them. More like an ancient piece of amazing art.

// Oscar

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