NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 6:00PM: members and non-members are welcome to the GCAS monthly meeting at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley). We start at 6PM with a potluck - bring your own plates & utensils, and a dish for yourself or to share with the group. At about 6:30PM we will have a brief business meeting followed immediately by our featured speaker, GCAS president Marianne Smith, who will discuss Images in Mimbres Pottery - Plainware to Classic. Consider some of the assumptions people make when trying to interpret Mimbres pottery and explore similarities in modern imagery. In order to offer our members a safe and comfortable experience at our in-person meetings the GCAS follows CDC and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for indoor gatherings including masking, distancing, and vaccinations. We recommend each attendee take the precautions they feel are appropriate for themselves.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: SATURDAY, June 1, 2024, 12:00PM noon-4:00PM, Gough Park in Silver City: join the fun as the GCAS shifts our usual "first Sunday of the month" field trip one day earlier to the first Saturday of June to celebrate the main event of the 2024 centennial of the Gila Wilderness. The US Forest Service Wilderness Ranger District is hosting this event to commemorate the vital partnerships throughout the community that have contributed to the preservation of the Gila Wilderness over the past century. The GCAS is one among many such community organizations that will have a booth in Gough Park to showcase how people working together have preserved the world's first designated wilderness - a wilderness in our own back yard. Find out about this and more centennial events here.

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In Memoriam: Warren DeBoer

Warren-2016The GCAS is saddened to report that our group's friend and one of our past Featured Speakers, Warren DeBoer, passed away at age 74 on May 24, 2020, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Our hearts go out to his wife Sara Stinson, his sister Ainsley, and the rest of his family. His family remembers:

"Professor Warren DeBoer joined the Department of Anthropology at Queens College in 1972 and retired in 2012. Universally loved by students, Dr. DeBoer taught Introduction to Archaeology, Peoples of North America, and Archaeology of North America, foundational courses for our anthropology majors, for 40 years.

With an infectious dry humor, he had the ability to walk into a classroom and simply start talking, and his analytical mind seemed to never stop turning. Dr. DeBoer was a prolific renaissance archaeologist whose many accomplishments were not confined to a particular area, time, or topic. He is best known for his ethnoarchaeological and ethnohistorical work in South America, where he studied modern behaviors of indigenous peoples to help to understand patterns observed by archaeologists. This work involved a range of topics such as cultural ecology, ceramic decoration and use-life, manioc consumption, feasting, ceremonial areas, and raiding. Dr. DeBoer also conducted archaeological research on ancient populations in North America, examining topics such as storage pits and the economic surplus, exchange networks and sacred journeys, and gambling. As a great writer, he was able to communicate to a broad range of scholars and his research will likely remain important to archaeology and beyond for generations to come. Many members of the Department of Anthropology today still regard Dr. DeBoer as a father figure and we were deeply saddened by his death from esophageal cancer on May 24, 2020."

Celebrate Warren DeBoer's remarkable life and his authorship by reading some of his research as described in his CV at the City University of New York, and in his Wikipedia profile. Thank you for having touched our lives, Warren. We will miss you.

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