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.

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MAREC Progress Report - Phase VIII

Bookcase construction WH2 Steve Collie builds bookcases WHRehab work continues in IFWEF's two upstairs rooms; the walls have been painted and the floors refinished, with final touches underway. Downstairs, the GCAS library's built-in bookshelves are in place and awaiting their final finish coats. (See volunteer Steve Collie at work in the first two photos over there on the left.)

Meanwhile, our GCAS volunteers spent an exciting morning assembling the furniture for the MAREC lab in the adjacent room. Our lab's two-station work bench sports a tabletop ledge shelf and an electrical power strip for small power tools. Two rolling trolleys stowed underneath this work station offer additional storage opportunities for all participants. A freestanding locking cabinet will keep researchers' work product secure. Our refinished hutch provides an extra work surface as well as space for educational materials.

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  1 - MKM assembles trolleys 9 - MM and MKM assemble lab chairs WH 11 - MM  MS  and GB assemble 2-station work bench WH 2 - MM and GB assemble sherd shelves 7 - sherd shelves and hutch WH 6 - sink and 2-station work bench WH




4 - MM and MKM sherd shelves test 2 3 - MM and MKM sherd shelves test 1Our 4-tier shelving unit will soon store the GCAS's collections of potsherds and related artifacts, but when our members, Marilyn Markel (middle shelf) and Kathryn McCarroll (lower shelf), examined the unit's sturdiness they discovered it could also serve as jailhouse bunks. All that's missing is someone in an orange jumpsuit playing the blues on a harmonica.

Very soon, our GCAS volunteers will have the lab fully equipped and ready to welcome field schools and local educational programs alike. After the finish on the library's bookcases has had time to properly cure, we will install the last of our library furnishings and relocate all our GCAS materials and archives into their new home. The GCAS's portion of the Wood House rehab is coming to an end and our long-term MAREC educational project is soon to launch. Thanks to our volunteers and all our supporters, this comes just in time for us to celebrate the holiday season in grand style. We are so grateful to every one of our contributors for making this happen.

/s/ webmaster [all photos via W. Hudson and M. Smith]


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