The Calzona Lines: An Archaeological Find

My name is Alvin Pascua. I am an archaeologist who has been sent into the Colorado Desert by the archaeology professors of the University of California, San Diego. Here, we studied various objects from fossils to stone engravings on walls. In my research across the Colorado Desert, I happen to stubble upon an area known as the Calzona desert. I am in awe from not the structures in the area, but the roads in it. I am here to report my findings about the lines that I have discovered in Calzona.

Somewhere in the Colorado Desert, there exists the Blythe Geoglyphs. These geoglyphs both take a form of a human and a mountain lion. The possibility of those who created them were most likely Native Americans on a pilgrimage.

Blythe-Intaglio
Blythe Intaglios

While examining the area, I’ve come across the desert known as Calzona. This desert is located just east of the Big River valley in the San Bernardino County. The area itself is located just outside the border of California and Arizona, a possible origin of the area.

Upon looking at the surrounding area, I began to notice lines made into the ground that forms these rectangular shapes. The origins of these lines date back to the late 20th to early 21st century. A specific date has yet to be discovered. These lines are notably wide enough to that they are able to be driven onto. In fact, the shapes they make correlate to that of streets found in suburban areas. From what is being gathered, these lines were made to hold the residents of the area. While the Blythe Geoglyphs were hypothesized to be for a pilgrimage, the ones found in Calzona were for that of refuge.

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Calzona Lines

Looking at the roads themselves, it is interesting to note the way that they are being named.  The northeastern street names are noted to be named after other deserts around the world. The length of these “avenues” are scaled to be roughly about 120 feet long, a similar length of a small suburban street. To hypothesize why these are named avenues, they could be looked as a symbolic way of long journeys these travelers made before settling in. Another interesting naming scheme is the use of both A Street and 3rd Street. Funny enough they are longer than the avenues, but they are not named after deserts. I would further hypothesize that these inhabitants traveled across these deserts, but they have not traveled enough to name all the roads after them.

The true nature and why these lines were created are still left to be discovered. While others have theorized that these lines were made for a pilgrimage, others believed that they were made as a form of settlement. These answers are still left to be answered.

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