Intaglios Along the Colorado River                                       

Date/Time: Sunday, March 4, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Meet at: Oasis Visitor Center, Twentynine Palms
Fee: $60 members $70 non members
Instructor: Daniel McCarthy, M.S., Anthropology
Hike Level: Easy

Intaglios or large figures laid out on the ground are one of the unsolved mysteries of modern archaeology. Officially classified as rock art, there are over 300 intaglios in the American Southwest and Mexico. Daniel McCarthy will lead this all-day field class to three sites to explore these larger than life images preserved on the desert floor.  At the first stop, McCarthy will share stories from the Modern Mohave people and explain the cultural importance of a gigantic labyrinth, the Topock Maze. The best known of these are the Blythe Intaglios along the Colorado River that are famous for multiple human-like figures. The largest human figure is 240 feet in length! Participants will learn about these “gravel pictographs” and their significance.  This is a great opportunity to visit these immense drawings with an expert archaeologist. Participants will drive 250 miles during the class, from Twentynine Palms to Blythe where the class will finish. Carpooling is encouraged.

Click to download the course outline: Intaglios Along the Colorado River Outline Sp2017

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

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