Prehistory on the Pinto Canyon Ranch

2004–Present

For roughly 10 years, CBBS has been conducting a series of archaeological investigations on the Pinto Canyon Ranch (PCR), a remote and breathtaking setting in Presidio County. Alongside historical investigations, prehistoric studies include excavation at a variety of sites, abundant archaeological survey and reconnaissance, geomorphological survey, a suite of special studies (e.g. radiocarbon, obsidian sourcing, etc.), remote mapping, rock art documentation, and artifact analyses. Work at PCR is ongoing, as the ranch provides a truly exceptional laboratory setting for archaeological studies. Several PCR investigations are highlighted in the subsequent project and publication lists, but more reports, articles, and monographs are forthcoming in 2013-2014.


View of Pinto Canyon Ranch
Archaeologist, Sam Cason, organizing dart points found on the ranch
Markings left by Native Americans
Examining markings left by Native Americans