NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 18, 2019: GCAS general meeting & Awesome Annual GCAS Potluck Christmas Party & White Elephant Extravaganza. Meet at Josh & Kyle's party house at 615 E. Skyview Drive. Annual Board of Trustees meeting begins ~ 5:30 PM, general meeting begins at 6 PM. Bring some potluck finger-food AND a wrapped white-elephant gift to exchange. Directions: From Hudson Street/Hwy 90 southbound from Silver City's downtown, turn left (southeast) onto Ridge Road where the Chevron gas station is on the southeast corner. Continue on Ridge Road a short ways and take the second left (eastbound) onto Skyview Drive. 615 Skyview will be a ways down the hill on the left.

NEXT FIELD TRIP = Sunday, December 8, 2019: San Diego Mountain Petroglyphs. Meet BEFORE 9:00 AM at the Valero gas station in Deming a bit south of the Hwy 180/Hatch Hwy 26 junction, about 1 hr. south of Silver City. Depart Valero at 9:00 AM sharp. Convoy will drive thru Hatch to I-25 & the Rincon exit 35, then go south on I-25 to meet Las Cruces & El Paso friends at Upham exit 32 at 10:00-10:15 AM. From there, drive about 5 mi. on dirt road to the arroyo. High clearance is not necessary with careful driving. Park, then walk approx. 1 mi. on a flat, sandy surface to the petroglyphs on an uphill, uneven terrain. Round trip hike is about 3 mi. total. Bring lunch & water. Call Kyle at 575 538-5706 if questions, including concerns about the weather.

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How to Show Respect When Visiting Sites

image from scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net 100_9598e1Cool people know how wrong it is to carve (photo, left) or spray-paint (photo, right) their own "art" on top of petroglyphs and pictographs.That kind of vandalism stifles the voices of the ancient artists and erases their stories. It also creates some very bad juju for the perp. However, even the most well-meaning visitor to an archaeological or historic site may not be aware of the damage that can be caused by other, seemingly harmless activity.

We discussed why it is important to leave potsherds and other artifacts exactly where you find them. The Friends of Cedar Mesa (Utah) agree. The same goes for material like fossils and dinosaur tracks. Remember that if you are on public land, it is illegal to move any such artifacts. Find a bone? Leave it alone. Find an obviously human bone? Do not touch, and immediately notify the ranger or other person in charge of the site.

100_9587e1Lake Roberts pictographs 8 with bullet holesThe Friends of Cedar Mesa have a handy list of these and other tips for a respectful visit to a sensitive area. A favorite among their many handy hints is their suggestion to avoid building fire rings or cairns in or near archaeological sites -- because the most attractive stones you would find for your project would very likely be portions of an ancient pueblo's wall, hearth, or other architectural or cultural feature. The only way to be sure you are not destroying an archaeological feature is to not play with the rocks in the first place.

Enjoy these sites to the fullest by staying on the trails, taking pictures, and keeping your hands to your own self. Marvel at how long these features have lasted, and please help preserve them so that the people who visit after you may enjoy them as they are.

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