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SHUMLA eNewsletter - Pecos Experience
Shumla School

June, 2010

PECOS EXPERIENCE : The Art and Archeology of the
Lower Pecos  October 10 – 15, 2010
MANY ROCK ART EXPERTS recognize that the Lower Pecos River Region of Texas contains some of the most spectacular rock art imagery in the world.   This is  your opportunity to explore these treasures with internationally respected prehistoric rock art experts. 

WHAT IS PECOS EXPERIENCE?  Pecos Experience is a week-long adult adventure program held each year at the SHUMLA campus west of Del Rio, Texas.  This rugged, semi-desert landscape between the Pecos and Rio Grande rivers is incised by deep canyons which house over 250 ancient rock art sites, some dating to over 4,000 years ago. 

Each day will be another adventure into the canyons and rock shelters of the Lower
Pecos to study these stunningly complex rock art panels.  Your team of scholars will be led by Dr. Carolyn Boyd, author of "Rock Art of the Lower Pecos."  She will be joined by Elton Prewitt, a respected Texas archeologist who recently was awarded the Texas Historical Commission's Curtis D. Tunnell Lifetime Achievement Award in Archeology.  This year's visiting international scholar is Peter Robinson, Editor and Project Controller for the Bradshaw Foundation (

PETER ROBINSON'S impressive resume includes expeditions to Ra Ra in Nepal, the giraffe carvings in the Sahara, the Calacala site in Bolivia, Chauvet Cave in France, and the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa.  He has also distinguished himself by his work in the Kimberleys of Northwestern Australia where he conducted extensive documentation on the Bradshaws, a sophisticated series of rock art panels believed by some researchers to  be 50,000 years old. The Bradshaw Foundation is named for this remarkable rock art style.

Dr. Carolyn Boyd and Elton Prewitt preparing to cross  the Devils River to examine rock art sites.

PARTICIPANTS IN PECOS EXPERIENCE enjoy unequaled access to several of these sites plus the opportunity for nightly lectures and discussions between Dr. Boyd, Elton Prewitt,  and Peter Robinson. Participants in Pecos Experience will also have hands-on learning opportunities in primitive technologies including paint making, fire starting, earth-oven construction and use, and atlatl spear throwing.

The Bradshaw Foundation's Peter Robinson, left, leading an expedition in the Sahara, will be the International Scholar at SHUMLA's 2010 Pecos Experience.
PROGRAM SIZE To assure quality time with the experts, SHUMLA limits the number of participants to a small intimate group.   Participants stay at the SHUMLA campus for the week.  All meals and  lodging, plus transportation and fees to rock art sites are provided.   The program is expected to fill quickly so early registration is recommended.

FEES FOR THE PROGRAM are $1750 for single occupancy and $1500 for double occupancy.  If you attended a previous Pecos Experience you can register at the 2009 rates of Single Occupancy $1500 and Double occupancy $1350.  A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space with the balance due by August 31, 2010. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PECOS EXPERIENCE E-mail; phone 432-292-4848 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              432-292-4848      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or check the SHUMLA  Web site at

2009 Pecos Experience participants listen to Dr. Boyd describe rock art at the Cedar Springs site

Pecos Experience participants will view rock art panels such as these up close


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