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

Elton R. Prewitt
President 
Prewitt and Associates
Austin, Texas
ABSTRACT:
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.