Lunch & Learn
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Shumla’s ultimate goal is to share our mission and the wonder of Lower Pecos rock art with as many people as possible, reaching those around the country and the world. It is with great excitement that we’d like to introduce you to Shumla’s free Lunch & Learn virtual events! Join us virtually for an hour over lunch to learn about our latest projects and research and to share in some engaging discussions. Below, you can read more about upcoming Lunch & Learn presentations for each month and register.

Scroll through some of our past Lunch & Learn presentations or visit our YouTube channel to view more Lunch & Learn and other Shumla videos.

Hearthstone Project Results 3 of 4: A Chronology Emerges

Through the Hearthstone Project, Shumla’s Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory obtained 60 radiocarbon dates for Pecos River Style pictographs. In this third installment of the Lunch and Learn series on our Hearthstone Results, Karen will reveal and synthesize these dates with the iconographic data, particularly what has been revealed about key motifs like the winged-anthropomorph and single-pole ladder.

Presenter: Karen Steelman, PhD.
Date:
Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM Central Time
Platform: Zoom

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Hearthstone Project Results 4 of 4: Motif Interpretation

In 2023, Drs. Carolyn Boyd and Phil Dering conducted interviews and collected audio recordings as Indigenous Huichol consultants related Pecos River Style imagery to their own myths and cosmology. In this fourth and final installment, Carolyn will share results of the analysis of these indigenous interviews and how they are opening new lines of inquiry and discovery in the interpretation of Pecos River Style murals. You will marvel at how they reveal deeply embedded symbols and concepts in the rock art that endure today in the ancestral knowledge of Indigenous Native America.

Presenter: Carolyn Boyd, PhD.
Date:
Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM Central Time
Platform: Zoom

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One Step at a Time: Building Our Capacity for Digital Preservation

Throughout Shumla’s 25 years of rock art documentation and research, we have amassed a staggering 40 terabytes of digital data! Much of this data is in the form of high-resolution photography, GigaPans, and 3D models of rock art panels. With technology rapidly changing each year, how do we manage this data and ensure that it is accessible to future researchers? Meet Kelsie, our new Curator and Data Manager, who will guide you through Shumla’s digital preservation efforts…one step at a time!

Presenter: Kelsie Hart, M.A.
Date:
Wednesday, August 21, 2024
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM Central Time
Platform: Zoom

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 Canyons to Classrooms

During the September Lunch and Learn, Mandy will share insights and experiences from her internship at the Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center.  From February through August, Mandy worked with Dr. Karen Steelman to develop educational materials in collaboration with Project Archaeology.  The curriculum they created focuses on the cultural significance of the rock art found in Fate Bell Rockshelter. Discover how Shumla has worked with Project Archaeology to bring the ancient artwork of hunter-gatherers to the classroom through interactive lessons and innovative teaching tools designed for young students. Learn about the fascinating rock art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands and the meticulous process Shumla scientists take to preserve these cultural treasures for future generations.

Presenter: Mandy Newport
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM Central Time
Platform: Zoom

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October 16, 2024 Lunch & Learn registration link and information coming soon! 

November 20, 2024 Lunch & Learn registration link and information coming soon!