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Shumla Rocks the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Shumla Archeaological Research & Education Center

March, 2014

 Volume 6, Number 3     

March 21, 2014 

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Shumla and TSU
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 Shumla Rocks the 
Houston Museum of Natural Science  
On Tuesday, February 25th, Shumla Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd's lecture on Lower Pecos rock art packed the IMAX theater at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. An audience including professional educators, students from Rice University, former student participants from Shumla multi-day programs and a diverse cross-section of the public joined Dr. Boyd and members of Shumla's staff to get a look at the amazing work that Shumla's research team has been undertaking in the Lower Pecos.
The HMNS IMAX auditorium before the show: Minutes later, over 300 attendees packed the seats.
"We're so grateful to our foundation sponsors for helping to underwrite this presentation and to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for being such wonderful hosts," noted Dr. Boyd after the program. Shumla has worked on a number of projects with the Houston Museum during the last few years, and I think we'll see some really wonderful things happening as a result of our collaborations."
Shumla's staff and Board would like to thank all of our wonderful supporters and friends who joined us for this great program.

Shumla Scholars Program
Creates Opportunities for Local Students

In 2013, Shumla adopted a new approach to education programming. "Grants from two of our foundation sponsors gave us an opportunity to consider new approaches to our public outreach work," noted Program and Development Coordinator Andrew Freeman. "Our traditional model was to hold single-day programs for hundreds of students, but we had never attempted smaller-scale mentoring programs."
Scholars at work: Shumla Scholars mastered the Total Data Station in record time.
In December of 2013, Shumla staff met with teachers and administrators from Comstock ISD, and the Shumla Scholars program became a reality. Throughout the spring 2014 semester, Shumla staff has been working with a group of four ambitious and academically talented students from Comstock ISD. "Each day the students spend an hour working on a project with the research team and/or myself. We're showing students how to develop and carry through a successful research project that will be due at the end of the semester," stated Freeman.
Shumla Scholars struggle to contain their enthusiasm as they discuss technical writing with our staff.
This May, the first group of Shumla Scholars will complete a surveying and documentation project centered around the Comstock Cemetery. While the project is not the sort that Shumla's research team would usually undertake, it provides a unique opportunity for students to develop and practice real-world skills that will prove useful in college and life beyond. Stay tuned to Shumla's social media and the eNews to follow the progress of this great group of students throughout the spring semester.

Research Team Joins
Texas State University Archaeologists
in Eagle Nest Canyon

The 2013 Shumla/Texas State joint field school may have ended months ago, but our collaboration with Texas State's ongoing exploration of Eagle Nest Canyon through the Ancient Southwest Texas Project continues apace. (To keep up to date with all the exciting happenings in Eagle Nest Canyon, see Dr. Steve Black's (et al.) excellent blog.) 
Man of mystery: Beneath the mask and dark glasses lurks Shumla archaeologist Jeremy Freeman. 
Shumla archaeologists Jeremy Freeman and Vicky Munoz frequently join the Texas State contingent to assist with the field work in the canyon.  In addition to devoting their time and effort to the work, Jeremy and Vicky frequently bring critical supplies and materials such as Shumla's Total Data Station. 
Shumla archaeologist Vicky Munoz tries to take a dust-free breather at Skiles Shelter.
Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd remarked on the importance of the collaboration stating "We are so pleased to continue our ongoing work with Dr. Black and his excellent team of students and archaeologists.  The archaeological work that is happening in the Lower Pecos will rewrite our understanding of prehistory, and no single organization can accomplish this work on its own.  The stories that Eagle Nest Canyon yields will ultimately be told through the hard work of organizations working together to preserve and to understand these amazing archaeological resources." 

Shumla Wish List

Our donors keep coming through! Your gifts and donations keep us inspired and give us the resources we need to keep our projects moving forward. Take pride in what you give: Your generosity supports cutting-edge work integral to preserving the cultural treasures of Val Verde County.
Have we mentioned that we like getting books in the mail from our awesome donors?
So here is an all-new version of Shumla's wish list.  We've added a large number of new items, especially some much-needed equipment for rock art documentation. Did you notice the 5 megapixel Dinolite? (Hint, hint.) Take a look to see how you can help.


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