NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 5PM IN PERSON: It's a special open house at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site! At 5PM join Marilyn Markel on a tour of the Mattocks archaeological site, followed at 5:30PM with our customary potluck meal. At 6PM, follow your GCAS and IFWEF guides to view the Wood House's rehabilitated rooms our two groups transformed into the Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center (MAREC), which we offer to visiting archaeologists and students - some of whom have already used our space to great success! Next, visit the museum in the Gooch House and at 7PM settle in for a brief business meeting followed by a feature presentation by John Welch of Southwest Archaeology. 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, October 2, 2022, 10:00AM: Marilyn Markel leads this month's field trip to Purgatory Chasm. Meet at 10:00am at Purgatory Chasm on Highway 35 by the Upper Lake Roberts campground near mile marker 23, where there is parking and bathrooms, picnic tables, and extra parking across the road. If driving from Silver City to Purgatory Chasm via Highway 15 and its junction with Highway 35 (the fastest route from Silver), allow about 1 hour 15 minutes. Monsoons should be over by then so hopefully no flash-flood worries, but double-check the day's forecast to reassure. 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.

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April 2021

Name not on our MAREC Donors' List? Please contact us!

We of the GCAS are grateful to all the donors to our MAREC rehabilitation project and we want to thank each of them for their enthusiasm. However it seems that we have overlooked a few kind people who have contributed via standard mail.

If you have mailed a donation to the GCAS MAREC project by standard mail, please check the following list. If you do not see your name, please contact us so we can correct our error and thank you properly!

Albuquerque Archaeological Society
Roger Anyon
Patricia & William Arvidson
Gary Barnett & Marianne Smith
Barbara Belles
Margaret Berrier
Rafael Bustamante
Marcia Corl
Allen Dart
Bill Dixon
Robert Ehmann & Kathleen Mace
John Fitch
Joseph & Marilyn Gendron
Patricia Gilman & Paul Minnis
James Goodkind & Torie Grass
Don & Wendy Graves
William Hudson
Jornada Research Institute
Jackie Krakie
Marilyn Markel
Kathryn McCarroll
Kathy & Mark McWilliams
Ben & Peggy Nelson
Tina Oldknow
Thatcher Rogers
Barbara Roth
Cheryl Scannell
Jakob Sedig
Robin Tuttle
Tom Vaughan

 

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Announcing the Recipients of the GCAS 2021 Coinman Grant Awards

Nancy Volunteering at the Harvest FestThe GCAS is thrilled to introduce the two recipients of this year's Nancy Coinman Grant Awards, Jonah Jankovik and Thatcher Rogers.

Established in 2018, the Nancy Coinman Grant Awards are an essential component of our mission: to recognize and support students of anthropology and archaeology in their efforts to analyze, preserve, and protect archaeological resources and culturally significant places and objects. We offer these grant awards to PhD candidates and/or Master's level students. The application period for our 2021 award cycle expired on March 1, 2021. We subsequently provided two awards as follows:

PhD candidate Thatcher Rogers received an award of $1000. Read his research proposal here.

Master's candidate Jonah Jankovik also received an award of $1000. Read her research proposal here.

Everyone is welcome to read past awardees' progress reports by starting on our main Grant Awards page.

Congratulations, Jonah and Thatcher! The GCAS is happy to support your work and look forward to hearing more about your research.

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Online Via Zoom: Our April 21, 2021, Featured Speaker, Wendy Sutton, PhD

SuttonPlease join us online at 7PM next week, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, for our monthly GCAS meeting via Zoom. As usual during these pandemic times we expect to have no business meeting, allowing us to get straightaway to welcoming our Featured Speaker, Wendy Sutton, PhD. Dr. Sutton will introduce us to the timely and sensitive issues surrounding: "The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act at 30 – Challenges and Successes in Returning the Ancestors to their Communities within a Federal Context." Dr Sutton explains,

"NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) was passed on November 16, 1990. While the act was passed with human rights motivations, it was written as property law. For the last 30 years museums and agencies subject to NAGPRA have struggled to meet its intent and vision. This presentation will discuss the historic roots of NAGPRA, what it requires, how it influences archaeological projects on federal lands, and the Forest Service’s progress towards meeting NAGPRA requirements."

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All Amounts Help the GCAS MAREC Project

MAREC-Menu-3-imageThe GCAS doesn't want anyone to be burdened by a donation, or feel bad that they can't donate the amount they'd like. However, even the smallest gift goes a long way toward our goal. Click on this image over there on the right, for another list of examples of microdonations that keep us moving forward with our MAREC project, and the specific items your contribution buys.

In lieu of a money donation, please consider volunteering some of your time as the interior rehab of the Wood House begins in earnest. We'd appreciate your help with all kinds of projects, from packing-up boxes to cleaning walls and floors, and more! We are grateful for your generosity, whatever form it takes.

Donate here, either online or by standard mail.

Contact us by email or telephone Marianne Smith at 772-529-2627 if questions or for arranging to volunteer your time.

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MAREC Progress Report - Phase III

4 - Fireplace hearth  clean 2 - Library fireplace close-upAs we move into April our project partner, the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation (IFWEF), is trading places with us to start work on some of their portions of the Wood House rehabilitation. This will allow the GCAS to rest and regroup for our next phase.

One of the GCAS's jobs during February and early March involved the Wood House's adobe fireplace. It had originally served the two downstairs rooms we are working on now, and the two rooms directly upstairs. This fireplace presented a dilemma for our volunteers: its chimney had disappeared decades ago, rendering it useless; but we determined that the surviving, out-of-plumb hearth and mantel downstairs were the central support for this four-room section of the Wood House. Removal was contraindicated.

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