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.

Let’s Go on a Trek! Shumla’s Public Outreach and Treks Programs

Whether you’re thinking about signing up for a Shumla Trek or you’ve already filled your Treks Passport, come find out more about Shumla Treks and Shumla’s Outreach Programs from archaeologist and outreach coordinator, Katie Wilson. She’ll include sneak peeks of sites on the Spring calendar and tips for the best trekking experience.

Presenter: Katie Wilson, M.A.
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM Central Time
Platform: Zoom

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The Cultural and Environmental Context of Pecos River Style Art

At Shumla we’re “all about the art,” but it’s important to remember that the art is a part of and was informed by a wider cultural and environmental context. Archaeobotanist, Dr. Phil Dering is joining us today to share about the timing of Pecos River style art, the conditions under which it was produced, and the nature of the society that produced it.

Presenter: Phil Dering, PhD.
Date:
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM Central Time
Platform: Zoom

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Hearthstone Project Results 1 of 4: The Rule of Paint Sequencing

Over the course of the three years of the Hearthstone Project, the Shumla/Texas State Hearthstone Project team conducted digital microscopy at ten Pecos River Style rock art sites. In Today’s Lunch and Learn, David will start our four-part series on the results of this ambitious project by sharing the results of the microscopy analyses and the unbelievable lengths the painters went to in order to follow the rules of paint sequencing.

Presenter: David Keim, M.A.
Date:
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM Central Time
Platform: Zoom

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Hearthstone Project Results 2 of 4: Proof of Composition

In the second of our four-part series on the results of the Hearthstone Project, today Diana will share the compositional structure of the murals the team studied. Through the use of Harris Matrix, Diana will show how the murals, and in particular the iconic panel at the south end of Fate Bell Shelter in Seminole Canyon State Park, were woven together in a complex composition that lays the groundwork for the interpretation that will be the topic of the third Hearthstone Project Results Lunch and Learn.

Presenter: Diana Radillo Rolón, PhD.
Date:
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM Central Time
Platform: Zoom

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Hearthstone Project Results 3 of 4: Motif Interpretation

In 2023, Carolyn and Dr. Phil Dering conducted interviews and collected audio recordings as Indigenous Huichol consultants related Pecos River Style imagery to their own myths and cosmology. In today’s Lunch and Learn, the third in our four-part Hearthstone Project Results series, 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, June 19, 2024
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM Central Time
Platform: Zoom

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Hearthstone Project Results 4 of 4: A Chronology Emerges

Through the Hearthstone Project, Shumla’s Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory obtained 60 radiocarbon dates for Pecos River Style pictographs. In today’s fourth and final Lunch and Learn in our Hearthstone Results series, 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, July 17, 2024
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM Central Time
Platform: Zoom

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August 21, 2024 Lunch & Learn registration link and information coming soon! 

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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!