The Journal of Texas Archeology and History.org, Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of our second annual volume of peer reviewed research on archeology and history of the Texas Borderlands region. This volume features outstanding writing on a variety of subjects under our new cover design and formatting comprised of articles published during 2015. Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Ahlman and I invite you to download the complete volume.
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Volume 2, Article 3
A BLACK DEER AT BLACK CAVE: NEW PICTOGRAPH RADIOCARBON DATE FOR THE LOWER PECOS, TEXAS
By: Lennon N. Bates, Amanda M. Castañeda, Carolyn E. Boyd, and Karen L. Steelman
A Pecos River style painting of a black deer from Black Cave Annex (41VV76a) in southwest Texas was radiocarbon dated. Using plasma oxidation and accelerator mass spectrometry, we obtained an age of 1465 ± 40 RCYBP (2 sigma calibrated age range of A.D. 470-660). This age is younger than the accepted age range for Pecos River style paintings, which is approximately 4000-3000 years B.P. This new measurement in association with other younger dates prompts us to question whether the Pecos River style endured for a longer time period than previously thought. More radiocarbon research is needed in order to understand how this anomalous result might fit within the Lower Pecos Canyonlands rock art chronology.
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