NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, online via Zoom: Our Featured Speaker will be our own Thatcher Rogers, research associate at the Jornada Research Institute, discussing "Becoming a 'Pueblo': Late Prehispanic Shifts in the Sierra Blanca as Viewed from Robinson Pueblo" - reflecting his investigations in the Northern Jornada Mogollon (Lincoln) area. As usual, hop online about 6:45 PM to get settled, and Thatcher will begin his talk at 7PM sharp.

NEXT FIELD TRIP = TBA - watch this space for details as they develop.

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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Online Via Zoom: Our October 20, 2021, Featured Speaker, Thatcher Rogers

TRogersOur GCAS monthly meeting in October will be a Zoom function offered by our Featured Speaker, GCAS member and Jornada Research Institute Research Associate, Thatcher Rogers. He will present "Becoming a 'Pueblo': Late Prehispanic Shifts in the Sierra Blanca as Viewed from Robinson Pueblo" - reflecting his investigations in the Northern Jornada Mogollon (Lincoln) area. As usual, expect your Zoom link via email about a week prior to the meeting, then hop online about 6:45 PM on October 20 to get settled. Thatcher will begin his talk at 7PM sharp, describing:

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Avian Archaeology - Archaeology Southwest's Free Online Zoom Series

Mexican-wild-turkey-pedrazaOur friends at Archaeology Southwest continue with their lineup of FREE online Zoom presentations for their Avian Archaeology season. Set some dates and register soon for one or more of the following:

November 2, 2021, 6:00PM MST: “Turkeys in the Mimbres Valley” presented by Sean Dolan (N3B Los Alamos). More info and registration here.

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Three Turkey Tales

GouldsSet aside the following dates in your calendar to enjoy Archaeology Southwest's upcoming series of three monthly presentations on the significance of turkeys in the US Southwest's archaeological record. Any one of these lectures would be well worth your while, and attending all three would be just grand:

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Upcoming Online Lectures: All About Birds

Ocellated-TurkeyOur friends at Archaeology Southwest have a lineup of FREE online Zoom presentations beginning October 2021 through May 2022 that can't be beat. It's Avian Archaeology season so fill up your calendar and register soon for one or more of the following:

October 5, 2021, 6:00PM MST: “Ancestral Pueblo Turkey Penning in Perspective” featuring Cyler Conrad (Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of New Mexico). More info and registration here.

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MAREC Progress Report - Phase VII

Josh Reeves at work Fresh paintThe joint GCAS-IFWEF rehabilitation project continues. The plumbing for the lab’s utility sink is connected and fully functional, bringing water into a building that has not enjoyed any indoor plumbing in decades. IFWEF and GCAS volunteers have hung, re-trimmed, and painted a total of six interior and exterior doors. The exterior doors have new overhangs to help divert rain water and snow melt. We all agree that the doors' fresh coats of bright paint really help the Wood House come alive.

Marilyn Markel’s special storage closet under the lab’s stairway – christened by one of our GCAS members as the Education Bunker – is fully enclosed, illuminated, and secured, with raised mats on which to store materials for Marilyn’s archaeological educational programs. The Bunker’s door received its final coat of paint and is ready for service. (See green-and-white door below, on the right.)

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Jornada Research Institute - News You Can Use

LocusBMiddleStructureThe Jornada Research Institute (JRI), headquartered in Tularosa, New Mexico, is dedicated to the study, preservation, and protection of the archaeological, ethnohistoric, historic and natural resources of the northern Chihuahuan Desert of Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas and adjacent regions. Following is one of their special upcoming events as well as a short list of other items of interest to avocational archaeologists of the Southwest:

On September 14th, 2021, Jeff Hanson will be conducting a one-day ZOOM class on The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act for continuing education credits towards New Mexico state permitting (overseen by the Historic Preservation Division). Registration fee is $80.00 (discounted to $70.00 for students and JRI members). Please contact Jeff for more information or to sign up: jefferyhanson64@gmail.com or 817-658-5544; or visit the Events page of JRI's website for more information.

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GCAS General Meeting at MCHS!

Allen denoyerWednesday, September 15, 2021, 6:30 PM: GCAS general meeting at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site located at 12 Sage Drive in Mimbres, one block east of Highway 35 between Mile Markers 3 and 4 and just a bit north of the old Mimbres Valley Cafe.

We are thrilled to host Allen Denoyer of Archaeology Southwest who will offer us a 2 for 1 presentation. In the early part of the evening he will demonstrate flintknapping on the porch of the Gooch House. If you have never witnessed his skills, you will be amazed! Then, as it gets dark, he will present a slideshow on the Early Agricultural Time Period. Meet at 6:30 for snacks and chats, and we will briefly make any announcements that might arise before Allen's presentation starts at 7:00 PM sharp. Due to uncertain pandemic concerns, please have your masks handy, and we will see you there!

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Want Some Chocolate? Calendar This August 31 Zoom Lecture!

Chaco_vessels_cacaoA mere 2 days from now, on Tuesday August 31, 2021, at 7 PM Central Daylight Time, and free online via Zoom, Dr. Michael Ruggeri, Professor Emeritus from the City Colleges of Chicago, presents “Mesoamerica/Ancient Southwest Chocolate Trade,” sponsored by the Aztlan Listserv. He will explain that although trade between Mesoamerica and the ancient Southwest in macaws, parrot feathers, copper bells, turquoise, turkeys, and pottery has been well known to archaeologists, they have only recently become aware of the large chocolate trade that began in about the 9th century.

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Virtual Tour of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs

IMG_0711Until you can schedule a trip to the Santa Fe/Espanola area to see the Mesa Prieta petroglyphs for yourself, please enjoy a virtual tour courtesy of the Archaeological Conservancy's Virtual Tour Series. To date the Archaeological Conservancy has released four episodes showcasing some of the sites they have acquired for preservation and protection. They are all worth your time.

Scroll down at this link to check out Episodes 1 through 3, but Episode 4 is the one that is all about petroglyphs the like you have never seen before. It features their Wells Petroglyph Preserve narrated by their archaeologist, Chester Liwosz, and former owner/donor/founder of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, Katherine Wells. If time permits you can watch the full hour-long virtual tour here, or see the same episode in four shorter segments by clicking here.

Of course, the Archaeological Conservancy also has an ongoing Virtual Lecture Series to keep you apprised of the latest in research. Get busy!

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