Happy Halloween!

In many ways this year has felt more like a trick than a treat. But, as you'll read below, some really fantastic things have also happened for us here at Shumla.

I asked the team to send me a scary picture from the field for my Halloween eNews. I thought they'd send me a picture of a spooky rock art figure. But these seasoned professionals aren't phased by barred teeth, ecstatic hair or other worldly beings anymore. They call that Tuesday.

You know what they sent me instead? A picture that signifies their deepest fears coming true.
That's not so scary, you say.

Well... imagine finishing documentation at a rock art site and placing all of Shumla's expensive equipment and all those images you just captured into a canoe that you must now row through a boulder field and back to shore with your tired arms across the choppy, frigid waters of the Amistad Reservoir. Eek!

I love that their deepest fear is a set back to the project. That's when you know you've got the best team in the world. We do!
From all of us, have a happy, spooky Halloween!

Jessica Lee Hamlin
Executive Director
Yes, you are seeing that number correctly.
It says 228!

We are so proud to announce that we have surpassed our goal of documenting 225 rock art sites.

And we still have two months to go in 2020 with plans to document 5 to 12 more sites.
Four years of hard work on this epic project is coming to a close in just two months.

Feeling nostalgic?
Us too! In the video below, Vicky Roberts gives you a first-hand account of what it has been like to be on the Alexandria Project team. In her presentation, you'll hear about some of the team's most exciting and harrowing experiences.

Wondering what's next for Shumla?

Good question! Audrey Lindsay and Tim Murphy speak in the video below about how we will secure the Alexandria Project Digital Collection, how researchers with use the data and what is already being revealed. They also share our field and lab plans for a busy 2021.
These and other Shumla public and conference presentations are available on our website at: https://shumla.org/research/presentations.
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we close out the year and this ground-breaking project!
We are so close to our goal of $100,000!
We can't leave funds on the table. Will you help us meet the challenge match offered by the Summerlee Foundation.
Dr. Karen Steelman is teaching Comstock high school students to make paint like the ancient people did.
Comstock ISD students mixed ocher pigments with fat, soap, and water to make their own paint using a recipe similar to the one used by ancient rock art artists. They discovered that ancient paint-makers were actually chemists, combining elements that would create a paint that was rich in color, smooth in application and long-lasting.

As they experimented with their own concoctions, the students learned that fat serves as a binder to hold the pigment particles together and water is a vehicle that spreads the paint over a surface. However, fat and water do not naturally mix. They separate into individual layers. The paint requires an emulsifier to suspend the fat, pigment and water together to make a fluid paint.
Ancient artists would have used plant saponins (most likely from the yucca plant) as an emulsifier. While saponins and modern soap are different types of molecules, they both have polar and non-polar sections that allow them to function similarly and create a smooth and silky paint.

After the students mixed their paints, they created individual paintings to test them out.
They met for a virtual class to discuss the proper combinations of materials and to share their masterpieces. Looking good!
We have a new donation page!

Our goal has always been to be good stewards of your dollars and to utilize your generous gifts where they have the best impact on our mission.

With that in mind, we updated our donation page to include features to streamline the process for you and help us use your gifts to their best potential.

Click below to check out the changes we've made!
Shumla understands how important it is to keep your personal information safe, secure and updated. With this in mind, last month we implemented a new donor management system that uses the latest technologies in support of these goals. The consolidation of several older systems enables us to keep you informed and track your generous support, while reducing our monthly costs and increasing staff efficiency.

If you've recently moved, changed your email or telephone number(s), or just want to make sure we have your current information, click the button below to to complete the information update form.
As a reminder, Shumla will never share your personal information with other organizations or individuals.
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