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November, 2010



                                                                                     OCTOBER 29, 2010

ROCK ART OF THE LOWER PECOS RIVER COMES TO EAST TEXAS ON NOVEMBER 3

Dr. Carolyn E. Boyd,  Executive Director of SHUMLA, an international center for archeological research and education based in west Texas, will be the featured speaker at the Sam Houston Museum in Huntsville, Texas, on Wednesday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m.

Boyd's presentation is a highlight of  the museum's exhibit on Rock Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands that opened on October 5.  The exhibit includes  images of 4,000 year old art including both pictographs and petroglyphs from the Devils and Pecos River canyons of far west Texas.   Visitors are invited to view the exhibit on Wednesday, November 3,  starting at 6:30 p.m.
at the Katy & E. Don Walker Education Center on 19th Street.   Boyd's presentation will follow at 7 p.m. 

Dr. Boyd is recognized as one of the world's leading experts on the prehistoric images covering the canyon walls of the Lower Pecos Region of Texas.  She will share with the audience insights into different rock art styles, how paint was made, methods used in recording the rock art, and exciting advances in interpretation of these treasures.  She will also discuss threats to the rock art panels which include environmental issues such as humidity, scouring from flooding, animal rubbing and mud dauber damage, as well as the effect that humans have had on the art.


Dr. Carolyn Boyd stands in the White Shaman shelter, one of the most intriguing rock art panels on the Pecos River.

  "The Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwest Texas and northern Mexico house the earliest known, illuminated manuscripts in North America, some of the most complex and compositionally intricate prehistoric rock art in the world," said Boyd.  "Due to a unique combination of ecological and geological factors, rockshelters in the region contain perfectly preserved archeological remains. Today travelers to the Lower Pecos can view large rock art panels these early people left behind on canyon walls and cliff overhangs of this arid region."

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