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.

Interactive Digs for the Armchair Archaeologist
The Three-Fish Site Part II

GCAS Field Trip to San Diego Mountain: the Three-Fish Site

4 - MG  KM  MC  KM at mortar 15 - John and KathrynOn December 8, 2019, 22 GCAS members congregated southeast of Hatch, New Mexico, to visit a petroglyph site most of us had never seen before. Weather forecasts threatened rain but luckily the trip stayed dry and overcast with wind increasing in the early afternoon; near-perfect conditions for photographing petroglyphs. The trail was generally easy to moderate, but one difficult section required scrambling across a canyon's side along a steep patch of rock that would have been impossible to safely traverse when wet.

11 - Lichen-filled glyphs 37 - pockmarked peckingOur group, co-led by GCAS member Marcia Corl of Las Cruces, first came across a boulder patch with deep and wide mortar holes. A mile or so further, we encountered multiple large rock panels, each covered with petroglyphs of various ages. Several were so thoroughly patinaed they have become almost invisible. It seemed that a chemical composition of the rock caused the pecked areas of some petroglyphs to become more pitted than the surrounding stone - in certain instances enhancing the images but in other cases tending to obscure the original outlines.

34 - Kevin H at Fish 1 45 - Fish 2 53 - Joseph G with Fish 3We found many common figures: faded spirals, grid patterns, zig-zag lines, anthropomorphs, footprints, and hand prints. However, this site is unique because its petroglyphs include not one, but three separate images of fish. Each fish is distinct from the other two. Two of the three fish images stand alone without other petroglyphs around them. Thus we of the GCAS unofficially christened this, The Three-Fish Site.

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