EPAS Newsletter                                               


March 23rd, 2013

Franklin Mountain Poppy Festival

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The seventh annual 2013 Poppies Fest on Castner Range will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology at 4301 Transmountain Road. The day will feature a full program of live music, art, nature talks, wildlife displays, educational exhibits, demonstrations, a live wolf, Houdini the Harris Hawk, children’s activity center, music and food vendors.



April 4th - 2013

The Canada Alamosa Project - 4,000 Years of Agricultural History

Opening Reception

April 4th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

4100 Dripping Springs Road

Las Cruces, NM



Please join us at this exhibition and explore artifacts, photography, oral history and interpretation of life and survival in then Canada Alamosa, an isolated and beautiful canyon with pit house and pueblo ruins, Apache camps and Euro-American homesteads.



April 6th, 2013

Epas Field Trip


April 13th, 2013

Evening Photography Tour at Hueco Tanks

Join the park for an Evening Photography Tour from 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm on Saturday April 13, 2013 at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Rd. #1, El Paso, Texas 79938. The tour will be mostly grown-level and will accommodate 25 participants. A Park Ranger and a trained volunteer will provide instruction for beginning photographers. Tour participants will see Native American pictographs, unique landscapes, he sunset, and possible wildlife. Bring a camera, water and a flashlight or headlamp; tripods are optional. Wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly.

 Reservations are required, and will be taken until the tour is full. Call (915) 849-6684 for reservations and information. There is a $2.00 activity fee for ages 5 and above in addition to the $7 entrance fee for ages 13 and above. Due to the sensitive nature of the site, pets are not allowed on tours; for their safety pets may not be left in vehicles unattended.

Tour participants and park visitors can participate in the 2013 Texas State Parks Photo Contest through April 30, 2013. Visit www.TexasStateParks.org or www.flickr.com/groups/2194533@n22/for contest rules.

Please call Jane McFarland if you need additional information or photos.

Jane McFarland

Interpreter/Resource Specialist

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historical Site

Jane.mcfarland@tpwd.state.tx.us  <mail to : 915-857-1135jane.mcfarland@tpwd.state.tx.us>


Hueco Tanks 1Hueco Tanks 2

photo 1 by Ken Steiner and photo 2 by Jane McFarland



April 20th, 2013

EPAS in conjunction with the El Paso Museum of Archaeology

Presents:  LeRoy Unglaub


Southwest Rock Art Hunting Iconography

LeRoy Unglaub is a retired Electronics engineer who got bitten by the rock art bug about 18 years ago and it has been his passion ever since. He resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico and is currently a member of 3 archaeological societies; The Dona Ana Archaeological Society, the El Paso Archaeological Society and the Archaeological Society of New Mexico and three rock art associations: the American Rock Art Research Association, The Utah Rock Art Research Association and the Southern Nevada Rock Art Association. He has participated in the recording of a number of rock art sites and has given lectures on rock art to archaeological societies, rock art associations and various other clubs and organizations.

This presentation “ Southwest Rock Art Hunting Iconography” He will discuss the various weapons and techniques used by southwestern Indians to hunt small and large game as shown in southwestern rock art images. This will include images of rabbit hunts as well as large game hunting with atlatls and bows and arrows. The meeting is free and open to the public.


May 18, 2013

EPAS in conjunction with the El Paso Museum of Archaeology

Presents:    Meade Kemrer, PhD


Meade F. Kemrer, PhD

Research Collaborator, Jornada Experimental Range

The Cottonwood Spring Site is the largest prehistoric site known in south central New Mexico. Over the past five years, Dr. Kemrer has worked in Cottonwood mapping and    collecting other data varieties. The lecture will describe the contents of this unique site; the four villages dating to the A.D. 900-1400 interval, the numerous rock art images, and the defensive system. Other work at Cottonwood discussed will include environmental studies and unmanned aerial vehicle remote sensing.

Dr. Kemrer received the doctorate degree in archaeology from the University of Arizona. He has lived in New Mexico for 34 years performing archaeology throughout the American Southwest. For the past 18 years he has resided in Las Cruces, studying the prehistory of southern New Mexico.


June 15, 2013

Michael Bilbo