Archaic and Historic Rock Art in the Rio Grande Gorge
Guided by Severin Fowles
Saturday, July 25, 2009, 7:00 am–2:30 pm
*Please note: This trip has been filled.
Archaeologist and Barnard College professor Severin Fowles is in his third summer of investigating the Archaic and historic sites of the Rio Grande Gorge, a formidable place often overlooked by other Southwest archaeologists, but one that was prehistorically used by the Jicarilla Apache, Utes, Comanche, and Picuris and Taos Pueblos. “The gorge was a kind of oddity that archaeologists once saw primarily as a barrier to pre-Columbian people’s movement,” says Fowles. “Now we’re thinking about it as a world unto itself—a highly meaningful and elaborately marked world.”
Professor Fowles has offered to lead SAR members on a unique journey into his research area near the Orilla Verde Recreation Area at the southern end of the Rio Grande Gorge. His work there has led to the documentation of hundreds of sites dating from the Middle Archaic through to the early 19th century, the most significant of which include a series of extensive rock art and shrines.
We will begin our morning at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Centerin Pilar with an introduction and overview of the project by Professor Fowles. Following the introduction, we will visit three key rock art sites that are re-defining our understanding of the Rio Grande gorge as a ritual landscape. We will be walking a total of 2.5 miles on a relatively flat trail, but we may need to scramble over boulders to access some of the rock art panels.Archaic and Historic Rock Art in the Rio Grande Gorge
Activity Level: Moderately Strenuous, includes a guide honorarium, van transportation from SAR, and a picnic lunch.
Please call the Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 if you are uncertain about your physical ability to participate.
Trip Activity Levels:
- Easy: Limited walking. Participants must be able to get in and out of vans and walk unassisted short distances from parking areas to museums or art studios.
- Moderate: Participants must be in good health. Activities may require walking on paved or unpaved surfaces with generally firm footing, over distances of up to 2 miles over the course of the day.
- Strenuous: Participants must be in excellent health, extremely mobile, and accustomed to an active lifestyle. Activities may require hiking off-trail, over uneven ground with elevation changes of 500 feet, and walking the equivalent of up to 5 miles over the course of the day.
Cost: $75 per person, includes a guide honorarium, van transportation from SAR, and a picnic lunch.
Trip Registration: Participation in SAR field trips is one of the benefits of membership. To make registration equitable, we will begin accepting trip reservations Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 8am to 5pm, for our Summer 2009 field trips. Beginning on that day, please call the SAR Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 to register or to receive additional information about any of these trips. Group size is limited. Reserve your space early.
For more information, visit the Field Trips section.