Digital Documentation and the Archaeology of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands

Carolyn E. Boyd, Francisco Marcos Marín, Christopher Goodmaster, Angel Johnson, Amanda Castaneda, Benjamin Dwyer


The Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwest Texas and northern Mexico house some of the most complex and compositionally intricate prehistoric rock art in the world. Because of the unique nature and the incomparable richness of this cultural legacy, it is imperative to create a permanent visual, auditory and textual archive for present and future generations and to promote preservation of this resource through education. SHUMLA’s Lower Pecos Rock Art Recording and Preservation Project is meeting this need through digital documentation of rock art sites, creation of a digital library to archive rock art data, establishment of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary research program, and continuation of hands-on education programs that connect people of all ages to this unique cultural legacy.


Rock art; Lower Pecos; 3D lidar; Rock art recording; Pictographs

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