What is this?

Indiana_Jonz

Jr. Member
Jun 10, 2004
91
23
Fl.
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
Found this on Google Earth a few days ago in NM. First that it was an ordnance site but the circles are to concentric and purposely placed in my opinion. Any ideas?
 

Attachments

  • rings-NM.kmz
    710 bytes · Views: 238

Tpmetal

Silver Member
Jan 4, 2017
4,235
7,113
Western ny
Detector(s) used
equinox 800, Whites mx sport, Garrot carrot, bounty hunter time ranger
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
Very cool, at first i thought tire tracks but I noticed they are too big and to perfect. i wonder what its all about
 
OP
Indiana_Jonz

Indiana_Jonz

Jr. Member
Jun 10, 2004
91
23
Fl.
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
  • Thread Starter
  • Thread starter
  • #3
this is intriguing to say the least. Notice the larger diameter ring that is eroded by the washes and gullies. It has to be ancient as it takes many years to form gullies and washes like that.
 

CheathamHill

Full Member
Oct 10, 2009
245
44
you u were correct w/ ordinance mention.. It is Deming AAF Precision Bombing Target. Good eye though! :icon_thumright:

You can find them throughout New Mexico.




New Mexico Geoglyphs


The New Mexico figures were constructed as targets on precision bombing ranges attached to Army Air Corps training fields located at Albuquerque, Clovis, Deming, Carlsbad, Hobbs, and Roswell.

Aerial photographs, dating from 1996 and 1997, were obtained from the United States Geological Survey and reviewed. Over 100 aerial photographs of geoglpyhs have been found. The most common geoglyph is the bull's-eye target, typically constructed by grading away surface soils. In a few odd cases bull's-eye targets were constructed from stone rings. Government documents indicate these targets range in size from 1,000 feet to 1,800 feet in diameter.

Arguably the most elaborate targets were associated with the Roswell Army Air Field. Over half of the 34 RAAF targets are either swastikas or reverse swastikas superimposed over a bull's-eye target. Large berms, 6 feet high, 15 feet wide and 1,000 feet long form the cross-hairs in the center of the target. Small appendages placed half-way down and perpendicular to each leg complete the appearance of the swastika.

In some cases other crudely made targets representing ships, ship docks, and oil storage tanks are visible around the perimeter of the swastikas or bull's-eye targets. Measurements taken from aerial photos show the ships to be approximately 800 feet long by 200 feet wide and the storage tanks and ship docks approximately 350 feet square.

The bombing ranges were used just a few short years, from 1942 to 1945. A typical training mission consisted of dropping 100 pound concrete or sand-filled bombs. A small spotting charge, that fired out a flash of flame and smoke, was attached to each bomb allowing air crews to observe the accuracy of their practice mission. Sometimes other weaponry such as high explosive, water-filled chemical bombs and incendiary bombs were also used.

For more than 60 years natural erosional processes, human activities and encroaching vegetation have attacked the targets, completely erasing some and leaving others scarcely visible. Targets graded into the soil have fared the onslaught poorly while the swastikas, made from piles of rock and soil, are persisting slightly better.

 
Last edited:

Top Member Reactions

Users who are viewing this thread

We Dig Metal Detectors

Latest Discussions

Top