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 (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.

Upcoming Online Lectures: All About Birds
Avian Archaeology - Archaeology Southwest's Free Online Zoom Series

Three Turkey Tales

GouldsSet aside the following dates in your calendar to enjoy Archaeology Southwest's upcoming series of three monthly presentations on the significance of turkeys in the US Southwest's archaeological record. Any one of these lectures would be well worth your while, and attending all three would be just grand:

Tuesday October 5, 2021, 6 to 7 p.m.: Archaeology Café's free online lecture, “Ancestral Pueblo Turkey Penning in Perspective,” by Cyler Conrad sponsored by Archaeology Southwest (ASW), Tucson. Cyler Conrad (Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of New Mexico) will discuss “Ancestral Pueblo Turkey Penning in Perspective” to explore how archaeologists have identified and contextualized turkey pens in the Ancestral Pueblo archaeological record, what that means for understanding turkey management, and how conceptualizing turkey penning allows us to better understand the processes of turkey domestication and long-term human-turkey relationships. More info and registration here.

Tuesday November 2, 2021, 6 to 7 p.m.: Free online, join Archaeology Café's lecture, “Turkeys in the Mimbres Valley” by archaeologist Sean Dolan sponsored by Archaeology Southwest (ASW) of Tucson. Sean Dolan (N3B Los Alamos) will discuss Turkeys in New Mexico’s Mimbres Valley using pottery iconography, ancient mtDNA analysis, and stable carbon and nitrogen bone isotope analysis. He also will explore how people in the Mimbres Valley interacted with turkeys. More info and registration here.

Tuesday December 7, 2021, 6 to 7 p.m.: Free online, it's “Turkey Feather Blankets in Ancestral Pueblo History” Archaeology Café lecture by Bill Lipe and Mary Weahkee sponsored by Archaeology Southwest (ASW) of Tucson. For over 1,600 years, a distinctive Southwestern domestic turkey furnished feathers for ritual uses and for making warm blankets. The birds also became a significant food source after about 1200 CE. Bill Lipe (Professor Emeritus, Washington State University) will discuss archaeological evidence of the development of feather blankets and how they contributed to Ancestral Pueblo lives, and Mary Weahkee (New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies), the best known present-day replicator of turkey feather blankets, will discuss some techniques used in making them. More info and registration here.



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