International Federation of Rock Art Organizations
Between working on her upcoming book and preparing for the 2013 Field School, Shumla Execuive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd journeyed to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO) conference. On Tuesday, May 27th, Dr. Boyd presented to a packed house.
Shumla Board Member Lacy Jemmott reported: "I love to quote my grandfather, 'It's not bragging if it's fact.' Well, I'm about to brag on Dr. Boyd - and it's a fact...Carolyn has found a sweet spot where she effortlessly blends science, technology, archeology, and art into something so delicious the audience can't help but want seconds. She makes what she and Shumla are doing look easy. In all actuality, it is a continuing process that keeps changing and evolving into something bigger and better each day."
Shumla's research team's ground-breaking work at White Shaman and other Lower Pecos sites packed the house during Dr. Boyd's presentation at IFRAO.
Dr. Karen Steelman, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Central Arkansas, was also in attendance and had this to say about Dr. Boyd's presentation: "Carolyn's presentation was one of the most impressive research-driven talks at the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations conference...After she finished speaking, the crowd erupted with applause! Everyone was blown away!"
Congratulations to Dr. Boyd on her impressive presentation!
2013 Field School Begins
Shumla archeologists and their Texas State counterparts prepared for field school during the last week of May by building trails to improve site access and to help protect the talus slopes. There's nothing
like lugging railroad ties, rocks, and buckets of dirt uphill in a Texas canyon in late May to get ready for field school!
Field School is underway!
Now Field School is in full swing. Until July 3rd, a team of over 30 people comprised of Texas State students and faculty, and Shumla staff and volunteers will work at sites throughout Eagle Nest Canyon. Field School faculty, staff and students are thankful to the Skiles family for their generosity in allowing access to sites throughout Eagle Nest Canyon.
A grinding slab excavated during the first week of Field School.
Shumla Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd is excited about the opportunities presented by the 2013 Field School. "This is the first year Shumla and Texas State have combined the dirt archeology and rock art recording elements of Lower Pecos archeology to form a single field school experience for students." What else will turn up at Field School? Find out in the July eNews.
Rock Art Quilt to be Auctioned for Shumla
Carol Garner is offering this lovely quilted wall hanging featuring illustrations from rock art researchers and former Pecos Experience instructors Jo McDonald, Jean Clottes, Jim Keyser and Carolyn Boyd. This closed-bid auction starts at $350; bids will be accepted through Monday, July 1st, 2013. The winner will be notified via email. Support research and education at Shumla and be rewarded with this one-of-a-kind wall hanging. Send your bids to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists featured on this quilt include: Jo McDonald (upper left), Jean Clottes (upper right and lower left), Jim Keyser (center), and Carolyn Boyd (lower right).
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