Rock Art Task Force
The Rock Art Task Force holds regular training sessions for TAS
members interested in learning how to record sites. These are working
sessions, not tours, where members use mapping, photographing, drawing and
watercolor techniques to preserve the record left by ancient people all across
the state. For more information or to register for a rock art recording
INTERSESSION ROCK ART RECORDING IN THE BIG BEND AREA
December 28, 2009 - January 1, 2010
The Rock Art Recording Group will be working in the Big Bend area the week of December 28, 2009 through January 1, 2010 (arriving Sunday, December 27 and departing Saturday, January 2). The group will be headquartered at Wild Horse Station #4, located on Hwy 118 ca. 75 miles south of Alpine and approximately 7 miles north of Study Butte.
What procedures are used to record rock art?
The process of recording rock art is a systematic identification
and inventory of figures and symbols placed on rock by individuals in the past.
These drawings can be historic or prehistoric, isolated figures or groups of
figures called panels. The systematic method records details of the
artwork on standardized forms, scale drawings, photography and watercolor.
Who can participate?
You need to be at least 16 years old and young enough to be able
to do a little hiking into the site. Once at the site ladders are
frequently used to get to the higher panels. There may even be some
climbing over boulders to get to the rock art but there are no dangerous
activities. Every project is different and you would know all the details
before you decided to participate.
Do I need experience to participate?
If you are interested in participating in rock art recording
come on! No experience is necessary. You don’t even have to have
experience in archeology. We will train you on what to do.
What if I’m not an artist?
Having the artistic capability to do watercolors of the artwork
is a welcome talent but you don’t have to be an artist to record rock art.
One of the methods used in recording rock art is replicating the panels on graph
paper to scale. A grid system is used to enable individuals to easily
transfer the rock art to graph paper. You will be trained in the methods
used to accomplish this.
Where are the sites located?
More rock art sites are located in West Texas in the Rio Grande
and Pecos River area than any other; however, recording has been done at Paint
Rock and other sites not in those areas.
Where do we stay?
Camping in tents, popup or hard-side trailers is the normal
lodging used by participants. Camping areas such as state parks or private
campgrounds with restroom facilities and water are utilized as much as possible.
Occasionally landowners allow us to stay in bunkhouses. None of the
projects have required primitive camping.
What about food?
Food is normally provided for a fee. If you have special
needs you would be responsible for providing your own meals. Specific
plans are made based on a project-to-project basis.
How much does it cost?
At this time there is no registration cost. Membership in
the Texas Archeological Society is required and money to cover the costs of
film, materials and food would be divided among the participants.