NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 17, 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 with what we expect to be a larger than usual number of guests, including the starving students of the Preservation Archaeology Museum Curation and Survey Field School. Let's feed these folks well, people! At about 6:30PM we will have a brief business meeting followed immediately by our featured speaker, Archaeology Southwest's Karen Schollmeyer PhD, who will share updates on her and her field school team's work at the WNMU Museum which includes curating the artifacts comprising the NAN Ranch collection. Come meet the next generation of archaeologists and learn about the latest activity at our own WNMU Museum. 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: we defer a July field trip due to conflict with the July 4 holiday weekend. Watch this space for our next field trip scheduled for Sunday, August 4, 2024, destination TBA.

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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."

Dr. Wendy Sutton has worked in archaeology for over 30 years, contributing to projects in multiple regions within North America and in the Middle East. She is currently employed as the National NAGPRA Coordinator for the USDA Forest Service, where she helps return the ancestors to their communities. She also serves as the Assistant Regional Archaeologist for the Southwestern Region. Prior to this position, she was the Gila National Forest Heritage Program Manager in Silver City, New Mexico (2013-2018). Wendy has worked in contract archaeology, as a federal archaeologist, and in education (teaching in public school systems and at multiple colleges and universities). She received bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Mesopotamian Art & Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.

Please join us for this presentation and learn from Dr. Sutton how even we avocational archaeologists can support NAGPRA's goals and the ancestral communities the law intends to protect.

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