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May, 2012

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 Volume 4, Number 3        

April 25, 2012  

Also in this issue:
2012 Pecos Experience
Media Attention
New Website
SHUMLA Wish List
Join Our Mailing List
Donate to SHUMLA Using PayPal
SHUMLA Summer Experience 

This summer, SHUMLA will start a new education program for elementary-age students.  Due to increasing demands for a program for individual students, education staff developed a summer program open to any student age 9 through 12 regardless of school affiliation.  SHUMLA's summer program, Scientists of the Lower Pecos, will run from July 17th to July 19th, 2012.
Students relax in a rock shelter during a 2011 program.

This new program will be an opportunity for students to conduct investigations into the environments of the Lower Pecos canyonlands.  


Click here to download the 2012 summer program description.  E-mail inquiries to                  

Scientific Focus of 2012 Pecos Experience
Adult Program Successful

From March 26th to March 30th, SHUMLA staff, board members and guests joined SHUMLA Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd, Dr. James Keyser and SHUMLA Board President Elton Prewitt as they investigated incised pictographs throughout the Lower Pecos.  Attendees reported a fun, intellectually stimulating week at some of Val Verde County's most interesting rock art sites. 
2012 Pecos Experience attendees gather in a shelter.
Planning for next spring's Pecos Experience is already underway, and staff is excited that the upcoming program will approach Lower Pecos archeology from a new perspective.  "We have really exciting guest instructors planned for the 2013 Pecos Experience," reported Dr. Boyd.  "Dr. Stacy Schaefer, a Huichol ethnographer, and Dr. Jim Bauml , an ethnobotanist, will be guest instructors next year, and we're planning to focus on an ethnographic approach to Lower Pecos archeology. We think that guests will really love some of the activities we're planning."  Currently serving as a professor of anthropology at California State University, Chico, Dr. Schaefer brings an impressive background to the 2013 Pecos Experience.  Her combination of curatorial, academic and research experience and her ethnographic field work will bring a unique perspective to studying the rock art of the Lower Pecos. 

The next Pecos Experience is scheduled for March 18th through March 22nd, 2013.  For more information on the 2013 Pecos Experience, email   

Media Attention Highlights 
SHUMLA Accomplishments 

2012 is shaping up to be a banner year for SHUMLA's presence in the media. The attention this year started with a feature article in Texas Highways, and was followed by a front-page story in the San Antonio Express News.  Now SHUMLA is featured in a Discover Magazine article (May issue), and more SHUMLA-focused stories are on the way.  Look out for an exciting SHUMLA article in the July issue of Texas Monthly.
The innovate approaches to rock art recording pioneered by SHUMLA's research team are drawing increased attention to Lower Pecos region archeology.

New SHUMLA Website Launching

Thanks to the support of generous donors in the Del Rio area, SHUMLA's website will soon undergo an extensive overhaul.  The new website is currently under construction, and will feature a substantially different format and structure.  After the site launches, SHUMLA's staff will be eager to hear comments and feedback from readers.  An eNews Flash will announce the site launch. 
Website visitors will be able to access exciting new sections and images that detail many of SHUMLA's research and education projects.

SHUMLA Wish List 

SHUMLA's donors have been making great contributions through the Wish List, and staff extends its thanks for all of the great additions to the library.  Follow the link below to see the new additions to the SHUMLA Wish List.


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