Atlatls in Lower Pecos Rock Art

Atlatls in Lower Pecos Rock Art

By Charles Koenig One of humanity’s oldest weapon systems is the atlatl, or spear thrower. The atlatl functions as a lever to throw a dart (or spear) with greater speed, distance, and accuracy than a hand-thrown spear. Atlatls were used by humans as early as 20,000...
Documenting Satan Canyon Gallery: A Tale of Two Interns

Documenting Satan Canyon Gallery: A Tale of Two Interns

By Hailey LaRock and Caitlin Houle Hi Shumla friends, Hailey and Caitlin here! We’re the 2018 Shumla archaeological interns, and we wanted to share our experience documenting an incredible rock art site called Satan Canyon Gallery. Satan Canyon Gallery is located near...
A Recipe for Success: Experimental Archaeology and Paint Making

A Recipe for Success: Experimental Archaeology and Paint Making

By Amanda Castaneda and Charles Koenig One of the most frequently asked questions during a rock art site tour is, “How did these ancient artists create the paints they used?” And we usually throw the question right back and ask, “How would you create a paint if you...
Variation of Pecos River Style Antlered Anthropomorphs

Variation of Pecos River Style Antlered Anthropomorphs

By Charles Koenig and Amanda Castañeda Over the course of the Alexandria Project one of our primary objectives is to identify repeated rock art attributes, figures, and/or motifs. As we explained in the Iconographic Inventory blog, we are recording a limited number of...