NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6PM: the GCAS is thrilled to announce this year's first general meeting IN PERSON at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley) near the junction of Highways 152 and 35! Start at 6PM with your own plates/utensils/beverage & a dish for yourself or to share. Brief general meeting at 6:45 PM. Skip social time if you like but our Featured Speaker, the WNMU Museum's new Director and archaeologist, Danielle Romero, makes her presentation on Elk Ridge Ceramics at 7PM sharp. Danielle, a ceramics specialist with years of investigating Mimbres and other sites, will make her topic most engaging. Read more about Danielle here. 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, June 5, 2022 - Park Service-guided visit to TJ Ruin at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Meet at the Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center parking lot no later than 10:50 am, tour to begin at 11:00 am. Drive north on Highway 15/Pinos Altos Rd for about 45 miles from US 180 in Silver City. Drive can take as much as 2 hours! Site is reached via a short hike to the top of a 100 ft bluff. Site is not shaded! Dogs are not allowed on the site and cannot be left in vehicles or tied up in the parking lot. NOTE: the area is currently experiencing heavy smoke impacts from the Black Fire. Check this website and the Park Service website at (Alerts) the day before/morning of the field trip to see current status of the field trip and area conditions. Remember, to protect vulnerable resources we offer our field trips to members only. Members’ invited guests are welcome, as long as they ride in that member’s vehicle.

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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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