Red Linear Palaver
Ten invited researchers gathered in Comstock the week of 11 through 15 April 2011 for the first Red Linear Style Rock Art Palaver. The diversity of the group attending insured that a broad range of viewpoints and backgrounds were represented. The Palaver was organized and hosted by SHUMLA to address the increasingly interesting inconsistencies noted within "Red Linear Style" pictographs, and the relationships between that style and the "Pecos River Style."
An opening discussion regarding the variability within the "Red Linear Style" and the frequency of interweaving with - or super-positioning of - "Pecos River Style" figures set the tone of the Palaver. The group embarked on an arduous schedule, visiting nine sites containing "Red Linear Style" rock art. Considerable discussion occurred at each of the sites, and each afternoon after returning to Comstock, the group reviewed the implications of the panels and elements viewed that day.
All attendees agreed that a second "Red Linear Style Rock Art Palaver" should be held in the autumn somewhere in the Guadalupe Mountains where sites there can be visited and the discussions continued. Participants in the palaver included: Evelyn Billo (Rupestrian Cyber Services, Flagstaff, AZ), Carolyn Boyd (SHUMLA, Comstock, TX), Amanda Castaneda (SHUMLA, Comstock, TX), Eric Dillingham (US Forest Service, Alamgordo, NM), John Greer (Greer Services, Casper, WY), Angel Johnson (SHUMLA, Comstock, TX), Bob Mark (Rupestrian Cyber Services, Flagstaff, AZ), Elton Prewitt (SHUMLA, Austin, TX), Marvin Rowe (TAMU, Qtar), Karen Steelman (University of Central Arkansas), Jack Johnson (National Park Service, Amistad National Recreation Area, Del Rio, TX) and Sarah Sick (SHUMLA volunteer, Del Rio, TX). We all will be thinking about the questions raised during this Palaver, and considering ways in which to direct future research that, hopefully, will reveal a better understanding of "Red Linear Style" of rock art, its age, its geographic distribution and its relationship/association with the "Pecos River Style."
The full text of the "Red Linear" Palaver report can be accessed here.