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.

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Two Upcoming Lectures on Gila River Archaeology

If you're curious about archaeological sites and research along the Gila River, there are two upcoming online lectures sure to suit you. Get your calendar ready for:

Thursday September 16, 2021, 7 to 8:30 p.m. ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time (same as Pacific Daylight Time), free online via Zoom: it's Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” dinnertime program featuring “The People behind the Petroglyphs: The Cultural Landscape of the Lower Gila River” by anthropologist Dr. Aaron M. Wright.

Aaron Wright at a petroglyphs site in the
lower Gila River valley, photo by Paul Vanderveen

The lower Gila River in southwestern Arizona is renowned for the sheer abundance and uniqueness of the petroglyphs adorning the cliffs and buttes lining it. Places such as the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site and Sears Point, and a growing campaign to establish a national monument or conservation area attest to the richness, value, and significance of this cultural landscape. Lesser known, though, are the Indigenous communities responsible for populating the landscape with such a stunning array of images. Hohokam and Patayan cultural traditions are often mentioned, but the relationship between them and each’s role in constructing the cultural landscape we see today has long puzzled researchers. Based on his four years of directing intensive archaeological survey, and analyzing over 30,000 petroglyphs in the lower Gila Valley, Aaron Wright will highlight some of what this work has revealed. He will pay particular attention to relating the region’s petroglyphs to their nearby archaeological habitation sites in an effort to better understand the people behind it all. Dr. Wright is a Preservation Anthropologist with Archaeology Southwest, Tucson. To register go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bJEZgWMbTlydBwV_lCeXqQ. For more information contact Old Pueblo at info@oldpueblo.org or 520-798-1201.

The following month, on October 18, 2021, 7-8:30 p.m. ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time: there is another free online presentation of “Eastern Pueblo Immigrants on the Middle Gila River” by archaeologist Chris Loendorf sponsored by Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS), Tucson. Description coming, but for details as they develop visit www.az-arch-and-hist.org.

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