History : Jan-Feb 2018
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HISTORY 5 Shumla has begun a three- year project to carry out a comprehensive documenta- tion of rock art sites across Val Verde County. Named for the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, an ancient repository of all the learning in the world, Shumla’s Alexandria Project will use the latest in imaging A POLYCHROMATIC PAINTING at Crab Shelter, carbon-dated to 1200 b.c., is faded and blurry (above). Scholars used Decorrelation Stretch software to enhance it, revealing a much sharper image (below) of an elaborate anthropomorphic figure. To study these artworks, Shumla researchers often work in close quarters (bottom). technology to create a massive digital archive of America’s oldest visual texts. Even if the artwork disappears, this library of images will preserve their glory, down to the very faintest brushstroke. Far-Flung The Alexandria Project is ambitious in scope. Shumla PHOTOS:JERODROBERTS,SHUMLAARCHAEOLOGICALRESEARCH&EDUCATIONCENTER SHUMLA RESEARCHERS OBSERVE AND TAKE FIELD NOTES AT CRAB SHELTER, WITH THE DEVILS RIVER FLOWING BELOW.