NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, online via Zoom, it's the GCAS special holiday meeting starting at the very special time of 6:00 PM. It may not be a “party” in our group's traditional sense, but we anticipate having a slideshow of archaeological images of solstice markers, followed by a slideshow of the AMAZING progress on our new Library and Workspace/Lab in the Wood House at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, and a reading of Marilyn Markel's annual poem wrapping up the year behind us. If any member has anything they wish to contribute to the fun, be it slideshows, games, announcements, or any etc., please contact Kyle ASAP at kyyote@msn.com . The more the merrier!

NEXT FIELD TRIP = TBA - watch this space for details as they develop.

Our Growing MAREC Family
Online Via Zoom: Our August 18, 2021, Featured Speaker, David Lee

MAREC Progress Report - Phase VI

Library laminate installationThe ceiling lights and fans are up and running in both library and lab. Ceilings and walls have their final coats of paint and IFWEF’s contractor has installed laminate flooring throughout the two rooms except where work is pending on two exterior doors and their wood jambs and transom lights. Baseboards are cut to size, painted, and in place. The rooms’ four interior doors await only their final coats of paint.

Library picture light = excellentThe library’s baseboard heater is ready for next winter. The fireplace encapsulation is fully wired, with a picture light and a French cleat to serve as a picture rail for the Grant County Archaeological Society’s small gallery of treasured documents and photos. Construction of built-in bookshelves has just begun; once these are done we can begin relocating our GCAS library materials and completing the room with brand-new chairs and a refinished work table and file cabinet.

Utility sink assembly in placeThe utility sink assembly with dorm-size refrigerator is in its place in the lab room, awaiting final testing of the cold-water-only plumbing lines. This will be the first time in many years that the Wood House has enjoyed any kind of indoor plumbing! Once the sink is fully functional we can assemble a second workbench, two workbench shelves, and a freestanding locking cabinet for the lab. Up next: purchasing chairs, rolling storage carts, and other supplies in preparation for this Fall’s educational archaeological programs developed by the GCAS’s own Marilyn Markel. She reports that - pandemic permitting - she will resume some if not all of her usual archaeological experiential workshops for local grade schools and high schools, as well as at least one adult-education class.

Our contributors are making this possible, supporting us through the final phases of the Wood House rehabilitation into the upcoming season of the educational programs we intend MAREC to host. Thank you, one and all, and stay tuned for more updates!

/s/ webmaster [all photos by W.Hudson]

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