The state of Texas covers a wide geographic area, unfortunately most of it is held by private entities.  There are, however, some public sites and museums to explore.  


The Rio Grande forms the southern boundary of the state, separating it from Mexico. Starting in the west, in the city of El Paso, you can find several sites/museums dedicated to the early peoples.  The El Paso Museum of Archaeology has a small, but notable, collection of the works of early people - primarily pottery.  At the time of our visit (September 11, 2019) one side of the museum consisted on dioramas and the other side consisted of a modern pottery collection, in part.  The rest of the room was dedicated to pottery and other artifacts of the early people, primarily from the Casas Grandes Culture.  The central meeting room has artifact drawers which may be viewed.


One of the dioramas at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology

Human presence at the site now known as Seminole Canyon is thought to date from 10,000 years ago and the rock art in the area may date from as early as 8,000 years ago.  The Fate Bell Shelter Annex and Fate Bell Shelter may be viewed during a short guided hike.  

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Fate Bell Shelter Annex , Seminole Canyon State Park 

Fate Bell Shelter, Seminole Canyon State Park 

Heuco Tanks State Park, east of El Paso, is known for its bouldering (rock climbing) opportunities and for its rock art (from 8,000 years ago).  It is a magical place where a person can lie on his/her back, slide under a huge boulder, and see a mask created by early people on the rock inches above his/her nose.


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