NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, April 19, 2023: the GCAS meets at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. Light refreshments provided; OK to bring your own light snacks or handy meal (burrito, etc.) & beverage if desired. Doors open at 5 PM for socializing. Meeting starts at 5:30 PM sharp with a short business meeting followed at 5:45 PM by featured speaker and GCAS member Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, who will discuss Bert and Hattie Cosgrove, avocational archaeologists who were instrumental in documenting and preserving a number of local sites including Arenas Valley's Treasure Hill. Meeting to adjourn about 7:00 PM. 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: Sunday, April 2, 2023, beginning 9:00 AM: Regular GCAS field trip to City of Rocks State Park - view remnants of Apache shelters along the Cienega Trail, plus features in other easy-access locations like a rock shelter, Apache petroglyph, kiva, and multiple mortar holes. City of Rocks is about a 1-hour drive one-way from Silver City. At 9:00 AM meet at the Cienega Trail trailhead parking (a few hundred yards from the Highway 61 turnoff to the City of Rocks - look on the left side of the road for a parking area with a Port-o-Let). Walk the 1-mile easy Cienega Trail loop to inspect some off-trail features. About 11:00 AM, non-hikers can join the rest of the group to learn about the kiva site a few yards from the Visitor Center. About 11:15 AM, drive round the park’s perimeter road to the north side to view the rock shelter, Apache petroglyph, and mortar holes (short but moderately steep walk uphill from area near campsite #35). Picnic lunch follows at any convenient unoccupied campsite.

Today's Guest Photographer: Marilyn Markel
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Images from the 2019 ASNM Annual Meeting

2019-04-27 MM ASNM banquetAllow us a bit of self-congratulation: We of the GCAS were told by many attendees that our hosting of the 2019 ASNM Annual Meeting on April 26 through 28 was a success and that a fine time was had by all. One individual remarked, "...The venue, and papers were both above average by quite a lot. All of the papers were great!" Kudos, then, to all the presenters, and for the GCAS Program Committee for working so hard to gather together such a fine lineup!

2019-04-27 MM ASNM Banquet table decorationsThe Saturday, April 27 banquet was (as is typical for such events) an excellent opportunity for networking and general schmoozing. Professional and avocational archaeologists rubbed elbows at tables decorated with potted seedlings of heirloom varieties of corn, beans, and squash - a combination known as the “three sisters” because they thrive together, interplanted, much like three inseparable sisters.

2019-04-27 MM ASNM - Pat Gilman and Gendron artOur keynote Bandelier speaker was Professor Emerita Patricia A. Gilman of the University of Oklahoma, one of the most informative and engaging specialists on Mimbres-Mogollon culture you can find. In gratitude for the time she took to be the featured speaker at the ASNM meeting, and in appreciation for her lifetime's devotion to archaeology of the US Southwest, we of the GCAS presented her with a framed watercolor, "Rabbit Moon," painted by local artist and GCAS member/officer Marilyn Gendron.

Marilyn's art deserves special attention, so we'll talk more about it a few days from now in the next post...

/s/ webmaster [All photos, by Marilyn Markel.]


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