An Introduction to the Archeology of the Lower Pecos River Region of Texas

Elton R. Prewitt
Prewitt and Associates
Austin, Texas
The region centered around the confluence of the Pecos River with the Rio Grande contains a fascinating record of human use of what today is perceived as a relatively hostile environment. Located on the semiarid eastern fringe of the Chihuahuan desert, the archeological resources include a wide range of site types in varied physiographic settings. The stunning concentration of world-class rock art here is the hallmark of this vast area which archeologists term "the lower Pecos region." This discussion presents a brief synopsis of the archeology with particular reference to the role of geologic processes in the interpretation of past human history in southwest Texas.