Founder, Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center Research Professor, Texas State University, Dept of Anthropology
Carolyn Boyd is the Shumla Endowed Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University and is the founder of a nonprofit corporation, Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center (www.shumla.org). The organization, which was established in 1998, works to preserve through documentation and education the prehistoric art of southwest Texas and Coahuila, Mexico. Boyd received her doctorate in archaeology from Texas A&M University based on her analysis of the 4,000 year-old rock art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwest Texas. She is the author of Rock Art of the Lower Pecos, published in 2003 by Texas A&M University Press and The White Shaman Mural: An Enduring Creation Narrative, published in 2016 by the University of Texas Press. She has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals, such as Antiquity, American Antiquity, Latin American Antiquity, Revista Iberoamericana de Lingüística, and Archaeometry and has contributed chapters in several edited volumes. Boyd teaches Field Methods in Rock Art, a three-week field school offered through Texas State University, gives numerous lectures around the country and abroad, and serves as a research adviser and trustee to Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center.