November Big Bend Conference in Alpine Features Popular Rock Art Presentations

By Dorde Woodruff

The director of the Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS), Bob Mallouf, was pleased to have a large turnout for the 9th Annual Conference on the History, Archaeology, and Culture of the Trans-Pecos, Big Bend and Northern Mexico.

Especially since the town where it was held, Alpine, Texas, population in the 6000s, is in a remote and sparsely-populated —though unique —area of the state. The CBBS is part of Sul Ross State University in Alpine.

Mallouf said that the presentations on rock art provoked a great deal of interest. No wonder Mallouf was pleased, as he is an avid rock art researcher himself. The CBBS hosted a conference entirely rock art in 1995, and Mallouf says he expects to have another rock art conference in a couple of years.

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