NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 6:30 PM: It's the GCAS's first post-pandemic in-person general meeting! Meet at the Roundup Lodge at 91 Acklin Hill Road in Mimbres, New Mexico.  The Roundup's ongoing renovations preclude our traditional potluck dinner; instead bring FINGER FOOD SNACKS ONLY for yourself or to share. Beverages must be in recyclable containers. Cleanup is unavailable except for what you can take home yourself or put in the trash. Weather permitting, we gather outdoors between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM to get reacquainted with one another after so long apart. President Kyle Meredith emphasizes: "While those who have received vaccinations have little fear of contracting or transmitting the disease, the state mandate—as I understand it as of this writing—still requires everyone to wear a mask at “mass gatherings” of no more than 150 persons.  It is especially important among those who have not been vaccinated. Any risk is entirely the choice of the individual." We move indoors at 7PM for the general meeting. The GCAS's own Marilyn Markel & Marianne Smith will follow the general meeting with a PowerPoint slideshow, "MAREC: How It Started/How It's Going," featuring historical and present-day photos of the Wood House and the progress of our Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center project. Come see what we've been doing!

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Please Support Our Latest Project!

The Grant County Archaeological Society seeks donations for our 2020-2021 season’s priority
project at the Mattocks Site/Mimbres Culture Heritage Site in the Mimbres Valley, New Mexico.

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Mattocks Site/Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. Wood House, center. © Mitchell Clinton, Mitchell Clinton Photography. All Rights Reserved.

The Vision: When the members of the Mimbres Foundation excavated and subsequently purchased the Mattocks Site in southwestern New Mexico’s Mimbres Valley, they envisioned not simply preserving the archaeological site but to transform it and its historic buildings into the Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center. The members of the Mimbres Foundation have remained faithful to their vision throughout the ensuing decades; they and other archaeologists continue to support the Grant County Archaeological Society’s efforts at the Mattocks Site. We now have the opportunity to take further steps to fulfill their vision.

The Opportunity: Our partners in preservation, the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation (IFWEF), own and maintain the historic buildings located at the Mattocks Site/Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. IFWEF has invited the Grant County Archaeological Society (GCAS) to relocate our library, archives, and collections of potsherds and artifacts from our current quarters in the site’s main ranch house (the Gooch House) to a larger space in the adjacent historic Wood House.

The Plan: The GCAS will develop two ground floor rooms of the Wood House into a research station and lab, to better accommodate the archaeologists and field schools we and IFWEF typically host at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. Concurrently we will make our library, archives, and collections more accessible to our members and visiting researchers. For example, one of our ongoing projects has been to cross-reference our library’s assemblage of research materials and field notes for over 188 archaeological sites with the portions of our potsherd and artifact collections that donors reported were collected from some of the same sites.

The Challenge: The interior of the Wood House - built of adobe in 1882 - requires thorough rehabilitation before use as a reference library or archaeological research station is feasible. IFWEF has installed a new roof and is undertaking the remaining general rehabilitation of the Wood House (plumbing and electrical upgrades; repairs to floors, walls, and ceilings; etc.). Meanwhile, the GCAS will take on the projects related to making our designated spaces usable as an archaeological library, field school research lab, and study area (specialized lighting, security and safety measures; WiFi installation; repair, construction, and/or purchase of bookcases and other furnishings; etc.). We expect most of the required labor will be done by GCAS volunteers but we need help to cover the expenses of materials, fixtures, furnishings, and supplies; and licensed contractors if necessary. The educational programs the GCAS has offered each year since 1999 to the students of seven local schools will resume at the Mattocks Site/Mimbres Culture Heritage Site post-pandemic and will continue as we develop the Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center.

The Goal: The GCAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in donations that the GCAS will spend exclusively on the GCAS’s portion of the necessary rehabilitation and upgrades in the Wood House at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. Please contribute to help the GCAS establish the Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center (MAREC) as the members of the Mimbres Foundation envisioned. The GCAS welcomes your donations via either our website, at https://www.gcasnm.org/news/donate-marec.html, or via standard mail by sending your checks to:

Grant County Archaeological Society, Attn: MAREC
PO Box 1713
Silver City NM 88062

For further information please contact Marianne Smith at email: webmaster@gcasnm.org or telephone: 772-529-2627; or email Marilyn Markel at mmarkelmimbres@gmail.com or telephone: 575-536-9337. Thank you so much for your generosity in helping us to achieve this goal.

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June 16, 2021: A Momentous Occasion

18 - 2d floor  securedMark your calendars for 6:30 PM on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, to attend the GCAS's first post-pandemic in-person general meeting! Meet at the Roundup Lodge at 91 Acklin Hill Road in Mimbres, New Mexico.  Due to ongoing renovations at the Roundup we must defer our traditional summertime potluck dinner in favor of FINGER FOOD SNACKS ONLY for yourself or to share. Your beverages must be in recyclable containers and there is no cleanup available except for what you can take home yourself or put in the trash.

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In Search Of: Past GCAS Newsletters

View to W GCAS LibraryThe GCAS began in 1928 but we never had a reliable location to shelve our growing Library and Archives. Instead, our group's materials remained in assorted boxes and bins and traveled amongst various GCAS members who stored them at their homes. Thanks to the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation (IFWEF), the GCAS Library and Archives finally found a stable home of their own at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site in 2016. Now in 2021, IFWEF and the GCAS are rehabilitating two ground floor rooms of the Heritage Site's Wood House; once the rehab is complete the GCAS will box and bin their materials once again and relocate into those two rooms. There, our Library and Archives will become more accessible and our educational programs will have space for our annual research and experiential workshops.

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Ancient Americas - Linky Goodness to Events and Lectures

44 - TzintzuntzanOne advantage the covid pandemic has given us avocational archaeologists is the opportunity to become familiar with the abundance of online sources suitable for our continuing education and entertainment. Here is another such source we'd encourage everyone to check out: it's Mike Ruggeri's clearinghouse for links to lectures, events, and web pages regarding archaeological investigations throughout North, Central, and South America, including our own region of interest.

64 - Yaxchilan approach thru jungle from riverMike Ruggeri showcases Ancient Americas events on Tumblr - bookmark this link and refer to it early in each month for that whole month's list of Zoom lectures & live conferences: http://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com

Links to his web pages featuring the cultures of Northern Mexico, Mesoamerica, Mississippian, and many more are here: https://mikeruggerispages.tumblr.com/

Finally, to connect to YouTube videos of past lectures including those of the Amerind Foundation, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Steve Lekson, Paul Minnis, the Peabody Museum, and so much more throughout our hemisphere, go to this page: https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

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Mimbreños y Paquiméños: Current Research by Thatcher Rogers

Ramos poly MNM Mimbres serpentGCAS member Thatcher Rogers is currently a PhD student at UNM, a ceramics analyst/archaeologist for the Office of Contract Archeology and Aspen CRM Solutions, and one of the recipients of our Nancy Coinman Grant Awards. He has kindly allowed us to include on our website his recently-published paper, "Mimbreños y Paquiméños: Historicism and the Ancestry of the Casas Grandes Ceramic Tradition."

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MAREC Progress Report - Phase IV

Man glitterWe are excited to announce that our GCAS supporters have now contributed a total of over $7000 toward our project goal of $10,000. Such generosity has allowed us to continue through the typical fits and starts every rehabilitation project faces, and for that we thank all of our donors. We and IFWEF continue to coordinate the work of our two groups' volunteers with IFWEF's two professional contractors, while each group navigates the challenges of timing the purchase of construction materials subject to - shall we say - today's opportunity pricing.

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Online Via Zoom: Our May 19, 2021, Featured Speaker, John Stocke, PhD

Our monthly GCAS general meeting happens on Zoom on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7 PM: Stocke_john As is our Zoom custom, our brief-if-any business meeting will be immediately followed by our Featured Speaker, John Stocke, Colorado University-Boulder professor of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (1985-2017), who returns to discuss Ethnic Astronomy with us. If you recall any of his past presentations such as the significance of The Pleiades, or aspects of Polynesian celestial navigation, you know to join us online at 6:45 to get situated before Dr. Stocke begins at 7:00 PM sharp. A Q&A session will follow the talk. Check your email inbox for your Zoom invitation about one week before the presentation, and learn more about Dr. Stocke's ongoing projects here.

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Decluttering? GCAS Library Is Searching for Books, Periodicals, and Supplies

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR THESE TITLES
(Ours have gone missing or are badly damaged and must be replaced)

Las Almendras de San Lorenzo hotel libraryThinking of downsizing your personal library? Considering purchasing a book or periodical to donate to the GCAS as an alternative to donating to our Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center project? We can help make the process easy for you! Scroll down below for the link to our current list of books, periodicals, and supplies our GCAS Library needs to make our shelves more complete and user-friendly.

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Name not on our MAREC Donors' List? Please contact us!

We of the GCAS are grateful to all the donors to our MAREC rehabilitation project and we want to thank each of them for their enthusiasm. However it seems that we have overlooked a few kind people who have contributed via standard mail.

If you have mailed a donation to the GCAS MAREC project by standard mail, please check the following list. If you do not see your name, please contact us so we can correct our error and thank you properly!

Albuquerque Archaeological Society
Roger Anyon
Patricia & William Arvidson
Gary Barnett & Marianne Smith
Barbara Belles
Margaret Berrier
Rafael Bustamante
Marcia Corl
Allen Dart
Bill Dixon
Robert Ehmann & Kathleen Mace
John Fitch
Joseph & Marilyn Gendron
Patricia Gilman & Paul Minnis
James Goodkind & Torie Grass
Don & Wendy Graves
William Hudson
Jornada Research Institute
Jackie Krakie
Marilyn Markel
Kathryn McCarroll
Kathy & Mark McWilliams
Ben & Peggy Nelson
Tina Oldknow
Thatcher Rogers
Barbara Roth
Cheryl Scannell
Jakob Sedig
Robin Tuttle
Tom Vaughan

 

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Announcing the Recipients of the GCAS 2021 Coinman Grant Awards

Nancy Volunteering at the Harvest FestThe GCAS is thrilled to introduce the two recipients of this year's Nancy Coinman Grant Awards, Jonah Jankovik and Thatcher Rogers.

Established in 2018, the Nancy Coinman Grant Awards are an essential component of our mission: to recognize and support students of anthropology and archaeology in their efforts to analyze, preserve, and protect archaeological resources and culturally significant places and objects. We offer these grant awards to PhD candidates and/or Master's level students. The application period for our 2021 award cycle expired on March 1, 2021. We subsequently provided two awards as follows:

PhD candidate Thatcher Rogers received an award of $1000. Read his research proposal here.

Master's candidate Jonah Jankovik also received an award of $1000. Read her research proposal here.

Everyone is welcome to read past awardees' progress reports by starting on our main Grant Awards page.

Congratulations, Jonah and Thatcher! The GCAS is happy to support your work and look forward to hearing more about your research.

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Online Via Zoom: Our April 21, 2021, Featured Speaker, Wendy Sutton, PhD

SuttonPlease join us online at 7PM next week, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, for our monthly GCAS meeting via Zoom. As usual during these pandemic times we expect to have no business meeting, allowing us to get straightaway to welcoming our Featured Speaker, Wendy Sutton, PhD. Dr. Sutton will introduce us to the timely and sensitive issues surrounding: "The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act at 30 – Challenges and Successes in Returning the Ancestors to their Communities within a Federal Context." Dr Sutton explains,

"NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) was passed on November 16, 1990. While the act was passed with human rights motivations, it was written as property law. For the last 30 years museums and agencies subject to NAGPRA have struggled to meet its intent and vision. This presentation will discuss the historic roots of NAGPRA, what it requires, how it influences archaeological projects on federal lands, and the Forest Service’s progress towards meeting NAGPRA requirements."

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