Sometimes it's Julius Cesar. Sometimes Mother Nature.
But ancient heritage never seems to be out of danger.
The Library of Alexandria is gone. The library of the Lower Pecos is still here, in part, and Shumla has a plan for it's preservation: "The Alexandria Project."
The globally-recognized Shumla Method documents each mural so thoroughly that it can forever be studied, and even recreated, if the mural itself is lost. The Shumla Method includes three levels of documentation. (Learn about each level.) Though each site must eventually be documented completely, full documentation is intensive and can take up to two years at a large site.
There are 320 known mural sites in Val Verde County alone. More are discovered each year. At the present rate, and with our current number of archaeologists, it would take over 100 years to preserve them all. We don't have that much time. Many sites will be destroyed by flooding. Most of the others are deteriorating at a rapid pace. We must visit and collect critical baseline information at each site as soon as possible.
The Alexandria Project
The Alexandria Project is designed to preserve the Lower Pecos murals with the same planning and efficiency that one would use to catalog and preserve the books in a library. The project will be completed in two main phases.
Phase 1 Plan
Shumla will add two new archaeologists to our team. Working with landowners and with express permission, Shumla's team of five archaeologists will follow a rigorous research and data management plan to complete baseline documentation at as many of the 320 recorded rock art sites in Val Verde County as possible. We plan to do this in just three years. This means we must visit approximately 10 sites per month.
At each site we will:
Phase 1 Goal
Successful completion of this project will:
Phase 1 Cost
$2,000,000 over three years
The Alexandria Project is ambitious. In fact, this is the most ambitious project Shumla has ever undertaken. However, we can no longer preserve one site at a time. We must think of the bigger picture and the larger goal.
If we are serious about preserving what we now know is an almost unimaginable library of information about Mesoamerican and North American cultures, painted thousands of years before we thought it was possible to have a "written" record, we must treat it as such. We must preserve it with the whole library in mind, not just book by book.
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