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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MAREC Progress Report - The Unveiling

A New Article by Thatcher Rogers

TRogersThe GCAS's own Thatcher Rogers has shared with us a link to his recently published article in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology that describes the latest stage of his ongoing archaeological research into the connections between the Mimbres and Casas Grandes cultures. Thatcher wrote that the GCAS's Nancy Coinman Grant Award that he received in 2019 helped him collect some of the data and images he used in this article. We are thrilled that our group could contribute to research like Thatcher's.

Thatcher continues,

My paper is titled: Ancestral relations and late prehispanic dynamics between the Mimbres and Casas Grandes cultures of the American Southwest/Mexican Northwest region

Abstract: Archaeological interpretations for the seemingly sudden introduction of new types of material culture or cultural practice often include attribution to the arrival of a migrant population. In the American Southwest/Mexican Northwest region, one heavily debated migration is that regarding the inhabitants of the Mimbres valley of southwestern New Mexico and their supposed relocation to Paquimé in the Casas Grandes valley, Chihuahua, Mexico. This paper grounds interpretations for and against any such migration within broader anthropological studies of migration, as well as a systematic evaluation of all lines of evidence employed to support such a substantial population relocation. Whereas genetic data are supportive for population intermingling between the two areas, the cultural data remain ambiguous to oppositional. Consequently, I conclude that although a migration of Mimbres people to the Casas Grandes valley likely occurred, that it was neither as meaningful as has previously been argued nor was it the sole destination area for Mimbres people. Additionally, I situate broader historical trends that characterize late prehispanic southwest New Mexico, northwest Chihuahua, and the borderland region within anthropological theory on migration and culture change and provide new explanations for a dynamic two century period.

Thatcher offers the following link to freely access his article for a limited time only - until about January 8, 2022, so we encourage our readers to act without delay: but alternatively, Thatcher advises that he can provide copies to those interested.

Thank you for thinking of the GCAS, Thatcher. We enjoy following your work and always look forward to hearing more.

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