NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley). Potluck followed by general meeting, then our Featured Speakers: the GCAS's very own President, Kyle Meredith, and Josh Reeves regale us with: "Roughly Contemporaneous with Mimbres - an International Travelogue Slide Show."

NEXT FIELD TRIP: Due to conflicts with other events, the May field trip will be on SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019. Choose one of the field trips offered at the ASNM Meeting and contact President Kyle Meredith with your choice by email (kyyote@msn.com) or telephone (575) 538-5706.

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Calling All GCAS Members!

Bird + mountain lion tailThe Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico (ASNM) is set for Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2019, right here in Silver City and hosted by our very selves, the GCAS. That's less than 2 weeks away, GCAS members. If you're this far into our blog you've passed the announcement of the ASNM Meeting and all the linky goodness it contains for attendees and other interested people. [Image via Mimbres Design, Black Range Station, San Lorenzo NM.]

But wait! That's not all! Extra, exclusive opportunities await GCAS members who have not already volunteered: We need everyone pitch in and make this event a success. You have lots of activities to choose from! Just look at the selections below:

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GCAS Field Trip to Old Town and Fluorite Ridge

04_07_2019 Old Town CO IMG_5402Sunday, April 7, 2019, provided fine and sunny weather for a field trip. At least 14 members joined trip leader Greg Conlin on a two-pronged visit to the Old Town archaeological site and later, to the petroglyphs on the Bureau of Land Management's site at Fluorite Ridge. [Tip o' the hat to the GCAS's own Chris Overlock, for sharing the photos in this post!]

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Old School Tattoo Tool

image from s.newsweek.comResearchers at Washington State University have (re)discovered the oldest tattooing tool in all of western North America. [Photo of tool on right, via Newsweek.] This 3-1/2 inch long, dual-needle tattooing instrument made out of two prickly pear cactus spines bound to a skunkbush sumac stem/handle with yucca fiber, had been excavated in 1972 from a midden at the Turkey Pen archaeological site in southeastern Utah. Based on the tool itself and human coprolites and maize cobs found in the same midden, the find was dated to 79-130 CE, about 2000 years ago during the Basketmaker II period. Similar tattooing tools retrieved from sites throughout the US Southwest were much more recent, having been dated to about 1100-1280CE. In other words, the Turkey Pen artifact now suggests that tattooing in our region had been practiced for at least 1000 years longer than previously believed.

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Deferred, For All the Right Reasons

h/t to the GCAS's own Chris Overlock for hipping us to today's news in the Chicago Tribune.

The Art Institute of Chicago has indefinitely postponed the exhibition they had planned for May, 2019, of a private individual's collection of some 70 pieces of Mimbres pottery. The article indicates the Art Institute came to realize that grave goods comprise the majority of this private collection. Such items are inappropriate for public display.

“It’s not art,” said Patty Loew, director of Northwestern University’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, who...has followed the controversy within the community of Native American scholars. “If someone dug up your great-grandmother’s grave and pulled out a wedding ring or something that had been buried with her, would you feel comfortable having that item on display?”

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