NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, online via Zoom: Our Featured Speaker will be our own Thatcher Rogers, research associate at the Jornada Research Institute, discussing "Becoming a 'Pueblo': Late Prehispanic Shifts in the Sierra Blanca as Viewed from Robinson Pueblo" - reflecting his investigations in the Northern Jornada Mogollon (Lincoln) area. As usual, hop online about 6:45 PM to get settled, and Thatcher will begin his talk at 7PM sharp.

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

Plan Soon for the 2019 Southwest Kiln Conference
GCAS August Field Trip Part II - the C-Bar Ranch Site

GCAS August Field Trip Part I - the Microwave Site

Microwave vista NW Microwave vista to Cooke's Peak Microwave vista ENEThe Microwave Site has no microwave tower. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It once had one.

This site in southwestern New Mexico is very well known to locals who have been camping here - and gathering potsherds and stones from pueblo walls - for many decades.

1 - Possible water bird imageFor us 21st-Century avocational archaeologists, the site boasts remnants of pithouses, presumably from the Late Pithouse Period (roughly 550 CE - 1000 CE), and a nearby small pueblo ruin of slightly more recent vintage. On the GCAS field trip of August 4, 2019, our group saw that both these sites straddle a ridge with spectacular views in all directions (see above). Our good weather allowed us to see all the way to the Black Range in the east; to Cooke's Peak in the southeast; and into Arizona to the west. Except for the risk of lightning strikes, it looked to us like a fine place for a small ancient community to have established itself.

3 - Mystery slabsNear the remains of the pueblo foundations, we came across this odd assemblage of grey, flat, stone slabs that appeared to belong together, but not to anything else. If any archaeological expert who may be reading this has an opinion on what these stones were used for, you are welcome to contact us from cyberspace with your ideas.


2 - Fine embellishment on plainwareFew potsherds remain at this site, having been removed by untold numbers of visitors before us. Illegal surface collecting continues to this day. It is one reason that volunteers currently monitor the Microwave Site under the New Mexico Site Steward program. There were still a few potsherds to be found that day, however, as you can see from the photos scattered about this post.


4 - Bug-approved sherdPlease, people: enjoy but do not touch. Save some of our heritage for the rest of us.

/s/ webmaster [Photos by M. Smith.]



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