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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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 [email protected] 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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