Rock Art of SW Texas

Photos: Jim Zintgraff

This is an exciting find: The Rock Art Foundation has a very impressive website to promote the conservation and study of the Native American Rock Art in the Lower Pecos region of Southwest Texas. I did not know that Texas has one of the largest and most diverse bodies of rock art in the New World.

The Foundation offers guided tours to provide both an aesthetic and educational opportunity to the public. For us armchair travellers, the website “gallery” is a very good virtual tour with its numerous beautiful photos of the many pictographs and a few petroglyphs along with detailed descriptions of their possible meanings. The brilliant colours make me suspect that the photos have been enhanced, as we all know that pictographs fade and petroglyphs weather and thus become hard to see. Still I think these are marvellous, and an appetizer for the very tempting CD-Rom of over 250 images that I just might order for myself.

I am once again indebted to reader Bill Knight for his generosity in sharing the wonderful links he manages to unearth. (I think Bill should start a blog, don’t you?) And yes, Bill, I think they may be very useful in my own imagemaking.

September 13, 2005 in Rock Art & Archaeology by Marja-Leena