NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 5:00PM: The GCAS monthly IN-PERSON general meeting meets again at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. about a block or two south of the intersection of Memory Lane and Hwy 180. Doors open at 5PM for folks to socialize and get settled. Light refreshments provided and OK to bring your own light snacks or handy meal (burrito, etc.) and beverage. Meeting starts at 5:30PM sharp with a brief to nonexistent business meeting followed at 5:45PM by our featured speaker, the redoubtable archaeologist Chris Adams. Chris will showcase for us the Feather Imagery Depicted on Mimbres Pottery. Expect meeting to adjourn about 7:00PM. As ever, in order to offer our members a safe and comfortable experience the GCAS follows CDC and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for indoor gatherings including masking, distancing, and vaccinations. We recommend all attendees follow the same.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: February 5, 2023, we will meet at 10:00 AM at the MAREC HQ at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. We will have the Allard Bartlett and George Coleman collections on display with other select items including the GCAS's replica Clovis tool kit and a comparative sampling of artifact seashells and their modern counterparts. Possible trip to the nearby McAnally site may be included!

Breaking: Full-Time Archaeologist Position - Apply Now!

MA2906People, please forward this opportunity IMMEDIATELY to your favorite archaeologist. Bat Conservation International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending bat extinctions worldwide and boasting a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, is seeking an archaeologist to fill a full-time position as a Cultural Resource Specialist to join BCI’s Conservation Department. This individual will work as part of BCI's Restoration Team in their Habitat Protection & Restoration Program (HP&R) at a yearly salary of $55,000- $58,000. Interested archaeologists must apply ASAP for this position because the application deadline is February 17, 2023. Interviews will begin on February 20, 2023, with an ideal start date in mid-March 2023. Autumn Cool, RPA and BCI's Cultural Resource Field Lead, adds:

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Consider an Early Spring Trip to Portland, Oregon!

Saa-logo Saa-2023-or-logoThe Society for American Archaeology (SAA)'s 88th annual meeting will be held this year in Portland, Oregon from Wednesday, March 29, 2023, through Sunday, April 2, 2023! Oregon is lovely that time of year so if any GCAS member is planning to attend, please contact the GCAS by email or telephone (772-529-2627) to let us know. We'll send some swag to SAA along with you. Further meeting details, the meeting schedule, and contact info are all available on the SAA's Annual Meeting page. Plan now!

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Join Us for Our January Monthly Meeting

2019-04-27 MM ASNM - Greg Conlin Bice AwardOn Wednesday, January 18, 2022, at 5:00PM: It's the GCAS monthly IN-PERSON general meeting at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. Doors open at 5PM for folks to socialize and get settled. No potluck but if you prefer, bring your own light snacks or handy meal (burrito, etc.) and beverage. Meeting starts at 5:30PM sharp with a brief to nonexistent business meeting followed at 5:45PM by our featured speaker, the GCAS's own Greg Conlin, who will present a slideshow on Greg's Latest Adventures in Peru's Southern Andes.

Greg has spent many years exploring the Andes and has visited many archaeological sites there, especially those less visited or that used megalithic stone construction methods. Please join us to see Peru through Greg's eyes. Expect the meeting to adjourn about 7:00PM. In order to offer our members a safe and comfortable experience the GCAS follows CDC and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for indoor gatherings including masking, distancing, and vaccinations. We recommend all attendees follow the same.

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Plan Now for a Special Event in Early March!

2019-04-28 MM ASNM at MCHS 2Current GCAS member and supporter, and past member of the Mimbres Foundation, archaeologist Pat Gilman announces that the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society is in the preliminary stages of planning a field trip to the Mimbres Valley from Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12, 2023. They've booked a room at the Little Toad Creek Brewery for Friday dinner (March 10), hoping that they can also use the room for a brief Powerpoint overview of Mimbres archaeology presented by Pat Gilman herself.

This is an excellent opportunity for GCAS members to get acquainted with our neighbors in Arizona's AAHS, so the GCAS has scheduled this weekend event as our March field trip - please join us!

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Register Now for Next Week's Special Presentation by Danni Romero

WNMU Museum Danelle Romero and San Lo StudentsWednesday January 11, 2023, 4:00PM MST in-person in Silver City, New Mexico; and online via Zoom: sponsored by Silver City's Southwest Word Fiesta, it's a FREE presentation by WNMU's Director of the Fleming Museum, archaeologist Danni Romero, who will discuss the Hidden Word of the Mimbres: Glimpses of Daily Life through Pottery.

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2022's Final Field Trip

Delk-Johnson Collection 1On December 4, 2022, nineteen GCAS members and their guests- including our youngest visitor (age six months old!) - visited the Fleming Museum at WNMU. In addition to a guided tour of the Museum's main exhibits, museum director Danni Romero treated our group to the first-ever public showing of their most recent acquisition of Mimbres artifacts, the Clint and Dee (Delk) Johnson Collection.

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Membership Time Is Here!

Goggie2023 is a terrific time to join the GCAS or renew your membership!

Membership runs from January through December of the current year. Our individual membership is $20 and our family membership is $30. Click through to this page to either renew online via our PayPal link; or to download, print, fill out our Membership form, and send it with a check by mail to: Grant County Archaeological Society, PO Box 1713, Silver City, NM 88062.

Thank you for joining us!

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A Special Gift to the GCAS

Clovis Tool Kit replicas - LeBlanc donation to GCASThe GCAS is thrilled to have received a donation from archaeologist, Harvard professor, and founder of the Mimbres Foundation, Steven LeBlanc PhD. Dr. LeBlanc wanted the GCAS's educational experiential workshops - coordinated by Marilyn Markel - to offer local students the opportunity to handle tools like spear points and scrapers without any risk to the ancient artifacts themselves. Thus Dr. LeBlanc donated to the GCAS a seven-piece replica Clovis Tool Kit, flintknapped by archaeologist Bruce Bradley PhD*. To help students better examine Dr. Bradley's first-rate flintknapping, Dr.LeBlanc added a cherry on top: he included two multi-lens loupes with his donation. Thank you for your generous gift to the GCAS, Dr. LeBlanc. Our local schools will certainly benefit from your generosity. Please visit us soon!

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Congratulations to Coinman Recipient Jonah Jankovik!

Screenshot 2022-12-17 at 16-20-33 ENMU Anthropology Newsletter Spring 2022.pdfJonah Jankovik, a graduate student in Anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, was one of two recipients of the GCAS's Nancy Coinman Grant Awards in 2021. We awarded Jonah $1000 to offset her transportation and lodging expenses while collecting sand samples throughout the Sapillo Valley drainage, in order to study the sources' relationships to ancient pottery production and pottery exchange among the Lake Roberts Vista and other Sapillo Valley sites. (To those of us who may have earned our university degrees some time during the past century? Please be advised: costs for transport, lodging, food, and tuition have all increased dramatically for kids these days. The GCAS can and should support their research. Contact your faithful webmaster to ask how you can help make it happen for students like Jonah!)

The Covid pandemic caused significant problems to ongoing archaeological research throughout our region, but Jonah overcame those delays to complete her research and successfully defend her master's thesis this past summer. Congratulations, Jonah!

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