Connecting to Our Shared Past

Public outreach to learners of all ages is an important part of Shumla’s work. The cultural resources of the Lower Pecos are at risk from a host of dangers including vandalism, flooding and weathering.

With rock art at many sites deteriorating at an alarming rate, there has never been a greater need to engage the public in its study and preservation through increased awareness and education at all levels.

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Shumla educates in many ways:

  • Shumla Scholars — Our high school STEM program in partnership with Comstock ISD gives students experience with very high-tech scientific instruments and methods, as well as, offering lessons in deductive reasoning, project management, and teamwork.
  • College Internships — Our multidisciplinary internship program for college students studying archaeology, anthropology, studio art, art history, chemistry and other disciplines.
  • Community Outreach and Stewardship — Our efforts to educate those in our community about the treasures that rest in their backyard and how to protect them.
  • Scientific Presentations and Publications — Our presentations at scientific conferences and publications in scientific journals ensure that our methods and findings are available for peer review and continual improvement.
  • Public Presentations — Our presentations at avocational archaeological societies, museums and other public venues allow us to share our amazing discoveries and the complex beauty of the art with public.

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