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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Online Via Zoom: Our November 17, 2021, Featured Speaker, Christopher Adams

Chris adamsWednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:00 PM via Zoom: GCAS general meeting features Christopher Adams, our good friend and the East Zone Archaeologist for the Black Range District of the Gila National Forest, who will present "The 1885 Apache Fight on Trujillo Creek, Southern New Mexico." Chris will discuss the archaeological work he has conducted on an 1885 Apache fight located on the Gila National Forest along Trujillo Creek, approximately seven miles southeast of Kingston, NM. If you have attended any of Chris's previous presentations, you know to expect an engaging historical tale that Chris brings alive with illustrations and photos of his own research and field investigations.

Chris Adams attained his anthropology/archaeology degrees at Arizona State University. His career has included over 11 years of service as Archaeologist for the US Forest Service based in Alamogordo, New Mexico, after which he became the District Archaeologist for the US Forest Service, headquartered in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. He has served in this post for the past 14 years and counting.

His career has involved extensive field work, including numerous archaeological surveys and excavations.

His current research includes tracing the origins, fabrication, and distribution of prehistoric copper artifacts found at archaeological sites. Chris works the sites with sophisticated metal-sensing technology and analyzes the results by collaborating with metallurgical specialists. Chris also uses this expertise to survey historic Apache battle sites, with a view toward confirming the historical record as well as illustrating in better detail the locations and scope of Apache encounters with US cavalry and Anglo settlers. In addition to relying upon metal-scanning equipment, Chris has investigated these sites by forming collaborative relationships with other governmental agencies, and has even worked with out-of-state rescue teams and their cadaver dogs to survey prehistoric and historic sites and mark and record locations of graves. In some cases Chris has been an essential member of teams who have performed the first professional documentation and study of archaeological/historic sites.

We will follow our usual Zoom practice of gathering online about 6:45 PM to settle in so that Chris can begin his talk at 7:00 PM sharp. Check your email a few days beforehand for the link, and join us!

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