NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6PM: the GCAS is thrilled to announce this year's first general meeting IN PERSON at 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. Skip social time if you like but our Featured Speaker, the WNMU Museum's new Director and archaeologist, Danielle Romero, makes her presentation on Elk Ridge Ceramics at 7PM sharp. Danielle, a ceramics specialist with years of investigating Mimbres and other sites, will make her topic most engaging. Read more about Danielle here. 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, June 5, 2022 - Park Service-guided visit to TJ Ruin at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Meet at the Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center parking lot no later than 10:50 am, tour to begin at 11:00 am. Drive north on Highway 15/Pinos Altos Rd for about 45 miles from US 180 in Silver City. Drive can take as much as 2 hours! Site is reached via a short hike to the top of a 100 ft bluff. Site is not shaded! Dogs are not allowed on the site and cannot be left in vehicles or tied up in the parking lot. NOTE: the area is currently experiencing heavy smoke impacts from the Black Fire. Check this website and the Park Service website at https://www.nps.gov/gicl/index.htm (Alerts) the day before/morning of the field trip to see current status of the field trip and area conditions. Remember, 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.

A Couple Quick Virtual Tours of Petroglyphs
2021's First GCAS Field Trip!

MAREC Progress Report - Phase V

MAREC volunteersThis latest installment of our MAREC project finds our volunteers (that's some of them over there on the right) completing smaller, more compartmentalized jobs in between visits by IFWEF’s contractor. He and his crew carried out our request to coat the flat, smooth sheetrock on the lab and library’s ceilings, fireplace encapsulation, and electrical panel with an orange-peel texture so that those surfaces would harmonize with the walls' coarser stucco. We were not disappointed. The results are superb.

MAREC paint colorsIFWEF and GCAS selected a light-yellow paint for the walls that was our closest match to the color the Wood House’s walls were when we began. We chose a dark green paint for the baseboards and interior door and window trim that reflects the green tones of the adjacent Gooch House's exterior. With the deep contrasting color of the laminate flooring, the lab and library will certainly provide a bright and cheerful place for archaeological study.

MAREC Lab Sink AssemblyThe GCAS’s core criteria have been to create as little disturbance as possible to the structure itself; and meet the needs of our field schools and younger local students by offering them a comfortable, utilitarian, and easy-to-clean work/study space. Accordingly we selected self-standing furnishings that include two locking metal cabinets (one to store the library’s rare and fragile items, the other to secure the lab’s artifacts and other works in progress), a workbench/utility sink assembly with a high-arc pull-down faucet, and an 8-foot workbench to accommodate two side-by-side seated work stations. Rolling two-tier metal carts will alternate as under-workbench storage for researchers, and mobile supply stations for our grade-school-level archaeological workshops.

Furniture deliveryA four-tier heavy-duty metal shelving unit will provide students easy access to the potsherd collections we have inventoried and cross-referenced to our library materials.  Our first delivery of these furnishings to the job site demanded that they remain stored in their flat-pack boxes until IFWEF’s contractor has laid the laminate flooring. We expect that to happen soon and we can hardly wait to assemble the furniture and put it all in place.

Our GCAS supporters have made this possible. On behalf of all the members of the GCAS, thank you one and all!

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