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.

GCAS Field Trip to San Diego Mountain: the Three-Fish Site
The Big Fun GCAS Holiday Party

The Three-Fish Site Part II

33 - Fish 1The GCAS's informal name for the site of our December field trip was inspired by the three separate petroglyphs of three different fish in three different places. Every reader of this here blog is invited to ponder the images and give us their opinions of what species of fish each image may represent. Over there on the right is Fish Number One - a stand-alone petroglyph about 22 inches across by 10 inches high, more or less. (No one measured.)

45 - Fish 2Fish Number Two on the left here, is part of a large panel. She measures about 12 inches long by about 4 inches high. Look at the position of the fins - dorsal, pectoral, pelvic, etc. Any fisherpeople out there who would hazard a guess as to what kind of fish this girl is and where she may have swum?


54 - Fish 3  5' LOA 54 - Fish 3  5' LOAThe last fish is the biggest fish. Fish Number Three is a stand-alone petroglyph of about 5 feet long by 18-20 inches high. Couldn't get a photograph of the full image because I wasn't going to hoist my arthritic self up into that split boulder it was pecked into, but Joseph Gendron was game. It's a fairly simple outline of a type of fish that looks familiar to me -- and looks to have been etched into the rock as a natural-size fish. Thoughts, anyone?

Some GCAS members suggest that these three fish images represent freshwater fish that locals may have pulled out of the Rio Grande or other nearby freshwater source some ten or so centuries ago. Other GCAS members - your faithful webmaster included - believe that because of the positions of the fins, two out of the three images represent marine fish. What say you?

/s/ webmaster


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