NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, online via Zoom, it's the GCAS special holiday meeting starting at the very special time of 6:00 PM. It may not be a “party” in our group's traditional sense, but we anticipate having a slideshow of archaeological images of solstice markers, followed by a slideshow of the AMAZING progress on our new Library and Workspace/Lab in the Wood House at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, and a reading of Marilyn Markel's annual poem wrapping up the year behind us. If any member has anything they wish to contribute to the fun, be it slideshows, games, announcements, or any etc., please contact Kyle ASAP at . The more the merrier!

NEXT FIELD TRIP = TBA - watch this space for details as they develop.

The Mills Collection
2019 Archaeology Kid's Camp - Final Call for Available Spaces

Meet Two Members of the Aldo Leopold Archaeology Crew

ASNM MM - ALCS Will Scott and Serena FloydOn April 26, 2019, Aldo Leopold Charter School Youth Conservation Corps Archaeology Crew Students presented a poster and gave a presentation at the Archaeological Society of New Mexico’s annual state meeting hosted by the Grant County Archaeological Society (GCAS). Over a hundred archaeologists and members of archaeological societies around New Mexico attended the meeting held in downtown Silver City, at the Murray Hotel. ALCS students, Will Scott (on the far right in the photo) and Serena Floyd (on the far left), along with their mentor, Marilyn Markel, spoke to the attendees about the importance of preserving and protecting archaeological sites like the Dragonfly Petroglyph Site on the Fort Bayard Game Refuge, Gila National Forest.

M.Markel and Hurley 5th graders. Learning about flintknappingThey each read a “Thank you” letter written by La Plata Middle School seventh graders to the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site thanking the ALCS students as well as MCHS and GCAS volunteers after spending a day of outdoor museum classroom, “hands-on” education in Mimbres. The experiential education project and education days at MCHS are funded by GCAS and by a grant MCHS received from the Grant County Community Foundation. 

The two high school students, along with the other members of the archaeology crew, created a poster entitled “Pieces of the Puzzle”, which explains why preservation is important. Will and Selena presented the poster and answered questions about preservation and how to take care of our cultural treasures.  The archaeology crew spends every Friday checking archaeological and historic sites in the area for damage caused by nature or by humans and reports any damage to the land owner or manager, such as the Gila National Forest, or the crew spends the day educating younger students about archaeology and preservation.

Markel and the ALCS students joined other speakers and poster presenters in the event which highlighted archaeology projects and research in the Mogollon cultural region of southern and western New Mexico.

/s/ Marilyn Markel



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