By Kristy McCaffrey
The Blythe Intaglios consist of three human figures, two four-legged animals, and a spiral. The largest human figure is 171 feet long.
Since the intaglios are best viewed from the air, they weren’t discovered until 1932 when pilot George Palmer noticed them while flying between Las Vegas, Nevada, and Blythe. In 1982, they were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Since no Native American tribe has claimed ownership, it’s believed that the drawings might be from the prehistoric period, but radiocarbon dating has led researchers to claim the figures were produced between 900 B.C. and 1200 A.D.
The 1961 Hardy Boys novel, Mystery of the Desert Giant, featured the intaglios.
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