NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, April 19, 2023: the GCAS meets at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. Light refreshments provided; OK to bring your own light snacks or handy meal (burrito, etc.) & beverage if desired. Doors open at 5 PM for socializing. Meeting starts at 5:30 PM sharp with a short business meeting followed at 5:45 PM by featured speaker and GCAS member Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, who will discuss Bert and Hattie Cosgrove, avocational archaeologists who were instrumental in documenting and preserving a number of local sites including Arenas Valley's Treasure Hill. Meeting to adjourn about 7:00 PM. 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, April 2, 2023, beginning 9:00 AM: Regular GCAS field trip to City of Rocks State Park - view remnants of Apache shelters along the Cienega Trail, plus features in other easy-access locations like a rock shelter, Apache petroglyph, kiva, and multiple mortar holes. City of Rocks is about a 1-hour drive one-way from Silver City. At 9:00 AM meet at the Cienega Trail trailhead parking (a few hundred yards from the Highway 61 turnoff to the City of Rocks - look on the left side of the road for a parking area with a Port-o-Let). Walk the 1-mile easy Cienega Trail loop to inspect some off-trail features. About 11:00 AM, non-hikers can join the rest of the group to learn about the kiva site a few yards from the Visitor Center. About 11:15 AM, drive round the park’s perimeter road to the north side to view the rock shelter, Apache petroglyph, and mortar holes (short but moderately steep walk uphill from area near campsite #35). Picnic lunch follows at any convenient unoccupied campsite.

Our January 15, 2020, Featured Speaker: Joseph A. Bryce
Las Cruces Lecture Series Part IV

Everyone's Welcome to the 8th Natural History of the Gila Symposium

8thGNHSPlease plan to attend the Eighth Natural History of the Gila Symposium, to be held in the Global Resource Center of WNMU in Silver City from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on February 27 and 28, 2020, with field trips offered on Saturday, February 29. Thanks to the Gila National Forest Service ADMISSION IS FREE and that can't be beat. Go to the Symposium's website for further details and more news as it develops.

There is still time for anyone, especially those with an archaeological specialty, to present a paper at the Symposium. The deadline to submit your paper's abstract, however, is January 20, 2020, so step lively now and contact Dr. William Norris of the Symposium's Steering Committee immediately.

The Symposium's mission is to provide a venue for researchers, land managers, conservationists, educators, and the general public to meet and share information and ideas gathered from the Gila Region including watersheds and neighboring areas extending into southwestern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona and Mexico.

This annual event is the product of an ongoing partnership among the United States Forest Service, the Western Institute of Lifelong Learning, the Bureau of Land Management, the Gila Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico, the Audubon Society (Southwestern New Mexico Chapter), New Mexico State University, and Western New Mexico University. Treat yourself to learning more about the richness of our own backyard -- and bring a friend!

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