NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 6PM: The GCAS monthly in-person general meeting returns to the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley) near the junction of Highways 152 and 35. Start at 6PM with your own plates/utensils/beverage & a dish for yourself or to share. Brief general meeting at 6:45 PM before introducing the evening's feature presentation by the GCAS's friend Dr. Bob Stokes, chair of ENMU's Archaeology Department, who will present his team's Preliminary Results from ENMU's 2021 Summer Field School at the Mares Rockshelter, a Jornada Mogollon Site along the Lower Rio Grande near Radium Springs. Watch this space and follow our blog for any adjustments of times, potluck procedures, etc. 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: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10:00AM-12:00PM noon, is the GCAS's traditional "July" field trip! Visit the 2022 Archaeology Fair hosted by Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona's Preservation Archaeology Field School at Gila River Farm in Cliff, New Mexico. The public is welcome and it's free of charge, so join GCAS members in learning about the project team's current archaeological investigations. Eye-catching informational exhibits will be on display, and the project team will offer hands-on activities to visitors of all ages. From the junction of Highways 180 and 211 in Cliff, drive 1 mile north, keep left (north) on Highway 293 and drive to Mile Marker 4. Just past MM 4, turn right into a driveway with a small sign that says, "Gila River Farm." Please use the parking area next to the large building down the driveway. Contact Archaeology Southwest with further questions. Safety measures will be in place, so please be prepared to wear a mask and keep a safe distance. See you at the Fair!

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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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