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Welcome to the Grant County Archaeological Society

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The Grant County Archaeological Society was first organized in 1928 and is the oldest continuously chartered archaeological club in New Mexico. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation aiming to preserve and protect prehistoric, historic, and culturally significant places and objects.

15 - John and KathrynCertain of our group's activities have been temporarily curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic but our group continues with our mission. When pandemic restrictions allow, we hold monthly meetings open to the public with featured speakers discussing a wide array of topics, and we arrange monthly field trips to sites of historic and cultural interest. Our members volunteer as stewards, monitoring archaeological sites; and we assist in professional archaeological excavations. We offer regular educational workshops to area students of all ages, FSCN4987and support the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site by providing educational tours to the general public and performing protective maintenance of the co-located Mattocks Ruin archaeological site. Our group's project of preserving and organizing our group's library, archives, and collections - amassed over a period of more than 90 years - continues with a view toward ultimately making the materials accessible to future researchers.

You are welcome to learn more about our group by clicking on any of the links in the navigation bar at the top of this Home page or in the sidebar to the left. Scroll down to see what's happening now in our blog, and continue scrolling to the bottom of this page to contact us directly.

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Free Online Archaeological Presentations Aplenty

6.1 - Pony Hills running quadripedMany universities, museums, and archaeological organizations have been moving their events and presentations online and most of them are free for the taking. The following list provides an aspiring audience member with a wealth of virtual tours, lectures, and more. If you decide to take part in one, or have another source of online education not listed here, please drop us a note afterwards or leave a comment on this here blog to let us know how your experience was!

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Online via Zoom: Our September 16, 2020, Featured Speaker: Thatcher Rogers

Rogers-photo-2017Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 7:00 PM: GCAS general meeting via Zoom. No business meeting this time, so we will begin by welcoming our Featured Speaker, University of New Mexico PhD candidate and 2018/2019 GCAS Coinman Grant Awardee Thatcher A. Rogers. Thatcher will describe the findings of his current research regarding "Following the Green Stone Road: Exploring the Upper Gila Connection to Paquimé (Casas Grandes)."

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Re-Post #2: Save Chaco Canyon with a Simple Email

Chaco entradaThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Department of the Interior have produced a draft Resource Management Plan amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that proposes to open more land in the Greater Chaco Landscape Region to oil and gas drilling. Essentially, the agencies' preferred option is to allow drilling and related infrastructure development right up to the current boundaries of the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. For many Native tribes and pueblos, as well as environmentalists and avocational archaeologists, this is suboptimal.

On September 4, 2020, the GCAS Board of Trustees submitted a detailed comment to the draft RMP/EIS on behalf of our group as a whole. Meanwhile, you can help protect the Park as well as the Greater Chaco Landscape Region by spending as little as five minutes of your time to submit a comment as an individual, via email. Here's how:

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Breaking: GCAS Submits Comment on Proposed Oil-Gas Development in Chaco Canyon

On behalf of the GCAS general membership, on September 4, 2020, a quorum of the GCAS Board of Trustees submitted a comment to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management opposing a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) that proposed additional oil and gas development in the Greater Chaco Landscape/Region. The GCAS comment addressed eight issues:

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More DNA Research on How the Americas Were Populated

Map-1050We of the GCAS prefer to keep this here website focused on the archaeological advances made in our own region, but we always make an exception for any DNA research that comes our way. [Maps on right via New York Times.] As reported in the New York Times of July 8, 2020, a new comparative study of the DNA of more than 800 people from Polynesian islands and South America's Pacific Coast discloses contact between ancient Polynesians and indigenous South Americans around 1200CE.

 

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Re-Post #1: Save Chaco Canyon with a Simple Email

Chaco entradaThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Department of the Interior have produced a draft Resource Management Plan amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that proposes to open more land in the Greater Chaco Landscape Region to oil and gas drilling. Essentially, the agencies' preferred option is to allow drilling and related infrastructure development right up to the current boundaries of the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. For many Native tribes and pueblos, as well as environmentalists and avocational archaeologists, this is suboptimal.

The GCAS Board of Trustees will soon submit a detailed comment to the draft RMP/EIS on behalf of our group as a whole. Meanwhile, you can help protect the Park as well as the Greater Chaco Landscape Region by spending as little as five minutes of your time to submit a comment as an individual, via email. Here's how:

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Building Community Stewardship - What Happens to a Site After Archaeologists Leave?

100_9962 IMG_0307This link goes to an article profiling the ethnographic work of Allison Mickel, associate professor of anthropology in Lehigh University's Department of Department of Sociology & Anthropology. Mickel's current research is focused upon the Middle East but the principles she is examining can apply to any archaeological, cultural, or historic site. In short, she studies the role local communities play in archaeological work. She notes that during centuries of past archaeological investigations local community members, even those actively involved in excavations, have continued to be excluded from stewardship decisions. From the article:

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Drone Technology For Archaeologists

Drone 1 Drone BeeThe use of drone technology is becoming more prevalent in a number of industries and businesses, and the field of archaeology is no exception. [At left, two examples of what drones look like - webmaster]

Archaeologists have been using drones to investigate and map archaeological sites as a preliminary step to the time and expense of a formal excavation, although they also employ drones throughout the entire process of some excavations. As opposed to high-resolution satellite imagery, drone equipment is especially useful for making multiple, rapid, low-altitude images that can then be incorporated into more traditional site-mapping methods to make the results of an archaeological investigation more precise.

 

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Protect Chaco Canyon with a Simple Email

Chaco entradaThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Department of the Interior have produced a draft Resource Management Plan amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that proposes to open more land in the Greater Chaco Landscape Region to oil and gas drilling. Essentially, the agencies' preferred option is to allow drilling and related infrastructure development right up to the current boundaries of the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. For many Native tribes and pueblos, as well as environmentalists and avocational archaeologists, this is suboptimal.

The GCAS Board of Trustees will soon submit a detailed comment to the draft RMP/EIS on behalf of our group as a whole. Meanwhile, you can help protect the Park as well as the Greater Chaco Landscape Region by spending as little as five minutes of your time to submit a comment as an individual, via email. Here's how:

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More Zoom Tips for GCAS Members

Zoom picIn case you missed it, after a six-month pandemic pause the GCAS is testing the resumption of monthly meetings online via Zoom. This here website has already shared links to help our members set up Zoom and learn about Zoom's most commonly used features.

Now, with big thanks to our August 19, 2020, featured speaker, Allen Dart, we can provide an extra 2-page list of basic Zoom etiquette tips and a handy 4-page cheat sheet for how to use Zoom controls on any one of five types of electronic devices of your choice. Both documents are suitable for printing and are found in one handy PDF file right here: Download ZOOM-basics-controls.pdf (226.4K)

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