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.

Tomorrow Is Giving Tuesday
Interactive Digs for the Armchair Archaeologist

Site Preservation 101

A gentle reminder, Dear Reader, ICYMI the first time:

Campfire pit lined with 1000 y.o. wall stonesPlease embiggen this photo by clicking on it. What you see is a recently-built, recently-used fire pit someone erected when they visited an archaeological site located on public land. They pulled stones out of a 1000-year-old pueblo wall to build up their fire ring nice and neat. Baffling, how often this happens around here and around the world, so following are some protips for campers visiting sensitive sites:

  1. Do not build a campfire right next to a 1000-year-old pueblo wall. (Fire and soot damage the walls and the archaeological integrity of the site.)
  2. Do not use the stones of a 1000-year-old pueblo wall to build a fire ring. (We all realize humans have spent the past several thousand years pulling down handy ancient wall stones to repurpose them [see, e.g., the white quartz stones of Newgrange used by farmers throughout the area to fence in their livestock], but be a bold trendsetter and build your fire ring without stones - or at the very least use stones that have already been blackened by someone else's campfire and are not part of a wall.)
  3. Better yet:
  4. If you absolutely positively must have a campfire, use one of the fire rings someone else has already built instead of building your own just a few feet away. (Think of the time and energy you'll save by not pulling stones out of a wall and hauling them to a different spot!)
  5. Even better:
  6. Do not build a campfire. Because that would be great.
  7. (What, a Coleman stove doesn't meet your standards?)

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