MAY 2019
New Horizons for Shumla Archaeologists
Amanda Casta ñ eda and Charles Koenig are off to start an exciting new chapter in Laramie, Wyoming.


Charles will begin his PhD candidacy in Anthropology at University of Wyoming studying under Dr. Bob Kelly and Dr. Todd Surovell, specializing in hunter-gatherer archaeology. He will be using data gathered in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands for his research.


Amanda will begin a position as a State Historical Preservation Specialist in Wyoming's State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO). She'll help collect and manage cultural resource information in the Wyoming Cultural Records Office and assist in rock art documentation projects.

Though we will miss them very much, we know this is farewell and not goodbye.

Join us in wishing them the best in their new home and new endeavors!
Shumla Highlighted in the Conservation Perspectives Newsletter
We are thrilled to be included in the Getty Conservation Institute's publication with the world's leading rock art conservators and researchers as a leader in the study and documentation of ancient art.

Carolyn Boyd was asked to write an article to share Shumla's method of rock art preservation through our main pillars of research, documentation, stewardship and education. If you've ever wondered how we do what we do, look no further. There is a road map to our methods right here!
CLICK HERE to read the whole article, starting on page 13!
Welcoming a New Archaeologist to the Shumla Team
Rich McAuliffe will join the team in July, just in time for the hottest months of field work. He says he's ready for it! Rich has experience in the Lower Pecos working with Dr. Steve Black and Dr. David Kilby. We are so excited to be adding him to the Shumla research team! Learn more about Rich in July's edition!
Gimme an "F". Gimme an "A", "T", "E", "B", "E", "L" and "L"!
What does that spell? Fate Bell!

Another Spectacular
Rancher Steward BBQ
in the Books!
Each year we invite the ranchers, landowners and stewards of the gorgeous Lower Pecos Canyonlands to come together with us at the Shumla Harrington Campus to enjoy friends, fun and food (BBQ!) and learn about the work Shumla is doing in the region. It's our chance to thank them for their collaboration and partnership.
Veronica Hackett and Lacy Finley preparing to welcome our guests.
Board Member David Pipes shoveling the dirt off of the top of the earth oven to reveal the plants that had been cooking on hot rocks for two days.
Pulling out the perfectly cooked feast of lechuguilla.
Charles shows the cooked lechuguilla heart before handing it over to Amanda to prepare for everyone to taste.
Brave souls taking their first taste of lechuguilla.
It's not ice cream, but it's not too bad!
Try it!
We love the lechuguilla, but what we really want is Barbeque!
Charles, Amanda and Jessica honor this year's Steward of the Year awardees, Rick and Mary Rylander of Rye's & Sons Ranch. Charles got choked up talking about how generous Rick and Mary have been over the 10 years he has been working in the Lower Pecos.
Chef Extraordinaire and Mistress of Ceremonies, Board Member Lacy Finley.
Excellent atlatl throwing technique!
Those javelina don't stand a chance!
Board Member Pansy Price setting up the tee-shirt and book sale table.
Amanda shared recent discoveries and wonderful partnerships with landowners across the region that have been possible through the Alexandria Project.

Thank you to all the ranchers, landowners, agency stewards and guides who care for this land and its treasure of ancient rock art together with us!
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