Saturday, October 24th @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 PM     HARRY SHAFER     Omni Westside Hotel, Houston Texas (open to the public)

“Painters in Prehistory:  Archaeology and Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands.” 

Harry J. Shafer, PhD.

 Book7pic1Painters in Prehistory is an updated edition of the book Ancient Texans: Rockart and Lifeways along the Lower Pecos.  It presents the results of years of research and dedication to the story of the ancient Lower Pecos canyon dwellers, told by scholars, artists, and photographers who have deepened the understanding of the rock art interpretations and life of these prehistoric people.  The work draws from leading scholar in the field and on new scientific analysis of artifacts to yield a vivid view of the lifeways of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands.

Book7pic2Harry J. Shafer, PhD., is the new Curator of Archaeology for the Witte Museum.  He received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and has been active in archaeological research for the past 52 years. He is professor emeritus at Texas A&M University and his main research interests are Texas prehistory, the American Southwest (Mimbres and Jornada Mogollon), and Lowland Maya lithic technology.  His is a Texas Archeological Society Fellow and recipient of the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Shafer has written two books, Ancient Texans: Rock Art and Lifeways of the Lower Pecos and Mimbres Archaeology at the NAN Ranch Ruin. He is the editor of Painters in Prehistory, Archaeology and Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, and is a co-author (with Thomas Hester and Kenneth Feder) of Field Methods in Archaeology.  He has authored or co-authored more than 300 articles in scientific journals book chapters, and monographs.

Trinity University Press, 2013. Published in association with the Witte Museum. ISBN 978-1-59534-086-3 (hardcover).
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