Intaglios Along the Colorado River

Intaglios Along the Colorado River
Brand: Desert Institute
Product Code: Field Class 756
Availability: 9
Price: $60.00

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Date/Time: Sunday, March 2, 7:30 am – 6 pm
Meet at: Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Fee: $50 JTNPA/PINE members
  $60 non-members
Instructor: Daniel McCarthy, M. S., Anthropology, Director, Cultural Resources Management Department, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
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 Needles and then Blythe where the class will finish. Carpooling is encouraged.

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