Phil Dering, PhD. – Texas State University
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. This Lunch and Learn will lay the groundwork for the four-part Hearthstone Project Results series.
David Keim, M.A. – Shumla
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 April's Lunch and Learn, David will start our four-part series 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.
Diana Radillo Rolón, PhD. – Shumla
Hearthstone Project Results 2 of 4: Proof of Composition
In the second of our four-part series on the results of the Hearthstone Project, 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.
Carolyn Boyd, PhD. – Texas State University
Hearthstone Project Results 3 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 June's Lunch and Learn, 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.
Karen Steelman, PhD. – Shumla
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 the 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.