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 https://www.nps.gov/gicl/index.htm (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.

Our October 16 Featured Co-Speaker, Leon Natker
Thatcher Rogers, 2018-2019 Coinman Grant Award Recipient

Samantha Bomkamp, 2018-2019 Coinman Grant Award Recipient

SB Photo 1The GCAS was pleased to award funds through our group’s inaugural Nancy Coinman Grant Awards program for the 2018-2019 scholastic year to two graduate students of archaeology: Samantha (Sam) Bomkamp and Thatcher Rogers. They have each provided us with interesting progress reports describing their research that our group’s Coinman awards helped support. Today, we begin at the front of the alphabet with Samantha Bomkamp’s research; on October 16 we will publish Thatcher Rogers’s report.

Sam Bomkamp is a second-year graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee having earned her BA in Anthropology there in 2016. She expects to complete her Master’s degree in the Spring of 2020. Our grant award helped offset some of her transportation and related expenses in her travel from Wisconsin to the Southwest during the summer of 2019. She spent her summer working on her university’s archaeological survey project in the Jornada Mogollon highlands near Ruidoso, and independently traveled to the Center for New Mexico Archaeology in Santa Fe and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology to study and analyze their respective collections of northern Chihuahua/Casas Grandes ceramics.

An accomplished archaeological technician in both lab and field, Sam previously engaged in: field school and cultural resource management work in Wisconsin; a succession of museum internships including at Beloit College; and a research internship at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. She was awarded a competitive internship at Milwaukee Public Museum to research their collection of Casas Grandes pottery comprising 80 ceramic vessels. Organizing and performing a comparative analysis of the data from this research with her extended research this past summer form the basis of the master’s thesis she is writing and will defend in the spring of 2020.

Click here to read Sam’s progress report, or Download it in WORD format or Download it in PDF format.

We congratulate Sam on her hard work and archaeological research, and look forward to hearing more good news from her next year when she earns her Master’s degree!

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