Getting Up-Close and Personal with Pecos River Style Rock Art

Author(s): Victoria Roberts; Jerod Roberts; Carolyn Boyd

Year: 2016


Pecos River style rock art in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwest Texas and Coahuila, Mexico is arguably one of the most famous and complex pictograph styles in North America, if not the world. Thirty-two radiocarbon assays obtained from 19 figures range from 4200 ± 90 to 1465 ± 50 RCYBP. Many characteristics of the style have remained almost unchanged throughout that time. What attributes define the Pecos River style, however, are still debated, despite a seemingly iconic appearance. Shumla has been collecting attribute data for seven years and entering these data into a searchable rock art database. We can now begin to identify diagnostic attributes for the Pecos River style assemblage, as well as detect inter- and intra-site patterning of these attributes. Chemical, microscopic, and attribute analyses converge to clarify what defines a figure as Pecos River style.

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Getting Up-Close and Personal with Pecos River Style Rock Art. Victoria Roberts, Jerod Roberts, Carolyn Boyd. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403471)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;