Hi, my name is Bryan Heisinger. I am one the interns working for the 2014 Eagle Nest expedition team. I received my degree in anthropology from Texas State University in 2013, and for the last 6 months I have been working as an archaeological technician for the Sierra National Forest in California.
Tuesday the 7th of January was a cold and windy day in Eagle Nest Canyon. Our objective was to familiarize the 2014 expedition team with Eagle Nest Canyon. This was a great way to break in the new crew to the archaeology of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. With Steve Black as our official tour guide, the team visited many of the rockshelters within the canyon walls. Throughout the hike Charles Koenig and Steve explained many of the 2014 field season research plans. It was useful seeing firsthand what needed to be accomplished in each of the sites over the duration of the season. We briefly ate lunch in Eagle cave and finished the work day doing prep work for Wednesday. Our visit to Bonfire rockshelter was the highlight of the day for me. It was neat seeing the old excavation units from 1960’s and 1980’s. Overall, it was a great day to learn the history of Eagle Nest Canyon, and an even better opportunity to become acquainted with the new crew.