NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 6PM: The GCAS monthly in-person general meeting returns to 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 before introducing the evening's feature presentation by the GCAS's friend Dr. Bob Stokes, chair of ENMU's Archaeology Department, who will present his team's Preliminary Results from ENMU's 2021 Summer Field School at the Mares Rockshelter, a Jornada Mogollon Site along the Lower Rio Grande near Radium Springs. Watch this space and follow our blog for any adjustments of times, potluck procedures, etc. 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: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10:00AM-12:00PM noon, is the GCAS's traditional "July" field trip! Visit the 2022 Archaeology Fair hosted by Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona's Preservation Archaeology Field School at Gila River Farm in Cliff, New Mexico. The public is welcome and it's free of charge, so join GCAS members in learning about the project team's current archaeological investigations. Eye-catching informational exhibits will be on display, and the project team will offer hands-on activities to visitors of all ages. From the junction of Highways 180 and 211 in Cliff, drive 1 mile north, keep left (north) on Highway 293 and drive to Mile Marker 4. Just past MM 4, turn right into a driveway with a small sign that says, "Gila River Farm." Please use the parking area next to the large building down the driveway. Contact Archaeology Southwest with further questions. Safety measures will be in place, so please be prepared to wear a mask and keep a safe distance. See you at the Fair!

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September 2020

Cultural and Ethical Implications in the Fossil Trade

Amber-field-cnnLoss of important scientific data does not just happen with cultural artifacts like Mimbres pottery. It happens with fossils, too. GCAS member Kathryn McCarroll links to an article discussing the international trade in blood amber, a fossil-rich amber mined only in Myanmar. Paleobiologist George Poinar recently wrote that "...scientifically valuable fossils...end up in carvings and jewelry and [are] lost for future generations...."

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A Brief Detour into Paleontology

Some scientific news is just too good not to share.

About four years since its discovery, scientists have confirmed that a series of fossil dinosaur tracks, stumbled upon in a trailside rock fall in Grand Canyon National Park, are 313 million years old, making them "...by far the oldest vertebrate tracks in Grand Canyon...More significantly,...they are among the oldest tracks on Earth of shelled-egg-laying animals, such as reptiles, and the earliest evidence of vertebrate animals walking in sand dunes."

As Charlie Pierce says, "Dinosaurs lived then to make us happy now."

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Final Re-Post: Save Chaco with a Simple Email - 9/25 Is Last Day to Comment

Chaco entradaThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Department of the Interior have produced a draft Resource Management Plan amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that proposes to open more land in the Greater Chaco Landscape Region to oil and gas drilling. Essentially, the agencies' preferred option is to allow drilling and related infrastructure development right up to the current boundaries of the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. For many Native tribes and pueblos, as well as environmentalists and avocational archaeologists, this is suboptimal.

On September 4, 2020, the GCAS Board of Trustees submitted a detailed comment to the draft RMP/EIS on behalf of our group as a whole. Meanwhile, you can help protect the Park as well as the Greater Chaco Landscape Region by spending as little as five minutes of your time to submit a comment as an individual, via email. Here's how:

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Re-Post #3: Save Chaco with a Simple Email - 9/25 Deadline Soon Coming

Chaco entradaThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Department of the Interior have produced a draft Resource Management Plan amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that proposes to open more land in the Greater Chaco Landscape Region to oil and gas drilling. Essentially, the agencies' preferred option is to allow drilling and related infrastructure development right up to the current boundaries of the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. For many Native tribes and pueblos, as well as environmentalists and avocational archaeologists, this is suboptimal.

On September 4, 2020, the GCAS Board of Trustees submitted a detailed comment to the draft RMP/EIS on behalf of our group as a whole. Meanwhile, you can help protect the Park as well as the Greater Chaco Landscape Region by spending as little as five minutes of your time to submit a comment as an individual, via email. Here's how:

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Free Online Archaeological Presentations Aplenty

6.1 - Pony Hills running quadripedMany universities, museums, and archaeological organizations have been moving their events and presentations online and most of them are free for the taking. The following list provides an aspiring audience member with a wealth of virtual tours, lectures, and more. If you decide to take part in one, or have another source of online education not listed here, please drop us a note afterwards or leave a comment on this here blog to let us know how your experience was!

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Online via Zoom: Our September 16, 2020, Featured Speaker: Thatcher Rogers

Rogers-photo-2017Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 7:00 PM: GCAS general meeting via Zoom. No business meeting this time, so we will begin by welcoming our Featured Speaker, University of New Mexico PhD candidate and 2018/2019 GCAS Coinman Grant Awardee Thatcher A. Rogers. Thatcher will describe the findings of his current research regarding "Following the Green Stone Road: Exploring the Upper Gila Connection to Paquimé (Casas Grandes)."

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Re-Post #2: Save Chaco Canyon with a Simple Email

Chaco entradaThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Department of the Interior have produced a draft Resource Management Plan amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that proposes to open more land in the Greater Chaco Landscape Region to oil and gas drilling. Essentially, the agencies' preferred option is to allow drilling and related infrastructure development right up to the current boundaries of the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. For many Native tribes and pueblos, as well as environmentalists and avocational archaeologists, this is suboptimal.

On September 4, 2020, the GCAS Board of Trustees submitted a detailed comment to the draft RMP/EIS on behalf of our group as a whole. Meanwhile, you can help protect the Park as well as the Greater Chaco Landscape Region by spending as little as five minutes of your time to submit a comment as an individual, via email. Here's how:

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Breaking: GCAS Submits Comment on Proposed Oil-Gas Development in Chaco Canyon

On behalf of the GCAS general membership, on September 4, 2020, a quorum of the GCAS Board of Trustees submitted a comment to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management opposing a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) that proposed additional oil and gas development in the Greater Chaco Landscape/Region. The GCAS comment addressed eight issues:

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More DNA Research on How the Americas Were Populated

Map-1050We of the GCAS prefer to keep this here website focused on the archaeological advances made in our own region, but we always make an exception for any DNA research that comes our way. [Maps on right via New York Times.] As reported in the New York Times of July 8, 2020, a new comparative study of the DNA of more than 800 people from Polynesian islands and South America's Pacific Coast discloses contact between ancient Polynesians and indigenous South Americans around 1200CE.

 

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