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.

Field Trip to Indian Wells
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Field Trip to Indian Wells - Part II

Indian Wells pit house vista 1The March 3, 2019, GCAS field trip to Indian Wells was enlightening on several levels. Chris Overlock's photos gave a good overview of the general terrain and vegetation, and showcased the classic GCAS looking-for-potsherds stoop that we all know and love. Here in Part II, is a second view of the overall terrain of Indian Wells, followed by a brief illustration of what a bulldozed archaeological site looks like for those who may not have ever seen one before.

Bulldozer tracks at pueblo site 1 Bulldozer tracks at pueblo site 2The two photos here were taken at the Indian Wells pueblo site. The first photo looks out along a set of bulldozer tracks; the low mound in the upper left where the tracks end is the pile of rubble the bulldozer left behind. The second photo shows another set of bulldozer tracks, with piles of rubble to the left and to the right of where the tracks stop, and in the distance toward the right where a mound of bare ground is visible. Of course, in this case "rubble" and the rocks seen in the foreground are all that remain of what was once the pueblo's walls and foundations.

The last B-W sherd at pueblo siteThis last photo is of one of only 6 small sherds of black-on-white pottery any of the 11 of us found at any of the 3 sites at Indian Wells. That's how picked-clean the surface is, to this day. So if any of you out there in cyberspace ever visit Indian Wells or any other archaeological site, if you could just be cool and leave sherds where they are, that would be really great.

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