Guadalupe Rock Art - Passport in Time

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Guadalupe Rock Art Survey

Lincoln National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management (Carlsbad Field Office), New Mexico, 2008
By Eric Dillingham, Assistant Forest Archaeologist, USFS
Guadalupe Rock Art Survey Passport-in-Time Results, Report to Passport-in-Time

The first session of this unadvertised interagency project included agency archaeologists from the Lincoln National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (Carlsbad Field Office), and six PIT volunteers. With a new set of volunteers, familiarization with the rock art of the southern Guadalupe Ranger District and the Carlsbad BLM took a lot of effort. However, focused survey on 23 acres resulted in updating the condition of seven archaeological sites and recording four new archaeological sites on the Lincoln National Forest. Additionally, two sites on lands managed by the Carlsbad BLM were monitored for condition. With volunteer expertise in rock art research and photography, several of the sites on Forest Service-managed lands are likely related to vision quests. Two PIT volunteers are also members of the New Mexico Site Watch site stewardship program and became more familiar with sites that they monitor for looting activities. One of the Site Stewards knew of two of the previously unrecorded sites.

The session lasted from April 28 to May 1, 2008, with an early ending because of closure of Forest Service lands because of extreme fire danger. There was also a windstorm with gusts up to 70 mph that hampered efforts during the final day.

The five volunteers included American Rock Art Research Association president Mavis Greer, John Greer (ARARA, John Greer and Associates), LeRoy Unglaub (ARARA), Glenn Omundson, Susan Herpin and Tom Rohrer. Eric Dillingham (Lincoln National Forest) and George MacDonell (Carlsbad BLM) headed up the efforts.

A formal Forest Service report is underway. Volunteers are still preparing notes and photographs for the report.

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