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SHUMLA 2012 FMRA and New Interns

August, 2012

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 Volume 4, Number 5        

July 19, 2012  

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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
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.

SHUMLA Staff and Intern Updates

The summer of 2012 is a time of substantial change for the SHUMLA family.  Intern Enrique Perez-Cortes, an archeologist from Zacatecas, Mexico, joined SHUMLA's team after a busy June with the FMRA class.  Enrique will be working alongside SHUMLA's Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd on a number of research and translation projects.  Enrique departs SHUMLA in July, and will be missed.  
Enrique Perez-Cortes discusses a figure at Painted Shelter.
SHUMLA also welcomes back former FMRA student and research intern Charles Koenig as a Staff Archeologist.  Charles has completed his master's degree course work at Texas State and will be writing his thesis titled Burned Rock Middens, Settlement Patterns and Land Use in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, while working with the research team on the new Border Canyonlands Archeological Project (BCAP).
Staff Archeologist Charles Koenig at Hibiscus Shelter
In August, the SHUMLA family will bid a fond farewell to Systems and Database Administrator Ben Dwyer. After several years of spearheading the development of SHUMLA's cutting edge rock art database and dealing with cantankerous office equipment, Ben departs for graduate school.  He will be missed.
Systems and Database Administrator Ben Dwyer has survived his time at SHUMLA largely unscathed, and will leave in August to pursue a graduate degree.

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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