Editor's note: Baylor University undergraduate Stephanie Parks has provided a write-up of the 2012 Field Methods in Rock Art (FMRA) session for the eNews.
Each year, undergraduate and graduate students from universities throughout the United States attend SHUMLA's FMRA program while receiving academic credit through Texas State University. Baylor University undergraduate Stephanie Parks provides this summary of the 2012 session for the eNews.
SHUMLA's Field Methods in Rock Art course kicked off June 5th! This year's crew documented Painted Shelter, a Red Monochrome site that faces destruction due to its location above a stream bed. In a severe flooding situation, significant rock art panels could be further damaged. To record this site, we learned the finer points of note-taking, photography, illustration, and basic cartography.
Texas State University Professor of Anthropology Dr. Britt Bousman joins SHUMLA Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd for a lecture at Mystic Shelter. Dr. Boyd also has an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at Texas State.
Field trip days introduced us to Lower Pecos rock art and dirt archaeology sites including Mystic Shelter, Fate Bell Shelter, Halo Shelter, Rancid Cactus, and Bonfire Shelter. We celebrated the summer solstice with a sleepover at White Shaman. FMRA has exposed young scholars to the enchantment of the land and art of the Lower Pecos region.
For information about the 2013 session of FMRA, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHUMLA's staff, students and board would like to send a special thank you to The Rock Art Foundation, The Dee Ann Story Fund and The Teddy Stickney Scholarship for providing educational opportunities to another great FMRA class.
In a letter to Teddy Stickney, FMRA student Carolyn Green captured part of what makes each FMRA so special.
"I especially wasn't ready for the community associated with SHUMLA. I didn't consider the fact that the people here would support and help each other so much, or the realization that archaeology, in all aspects, is filled with the most colorful, exciting characters. I definitely didn't consider what I would be learning outside of the field school curriculum."
In this spirit, SHUMLA thanks the generous donors who made FMRA such a life-changing experience for our students.