NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 21, 2022, starting at 5PM: The GCAS monthly IN-PERSON general meeting returns to 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. about a block or two south of the intersection of Memory Lane and Hwy 180. This holiday get-together starts a bit earlier this month at 5PM with a holiday potluck - so bring your most festive dish, along with your own plates/utensils/beverage. A short business meeting will begin at 6:00PM followed by a program of videos and photo albums of past GCAS field trips, and a small display of samples from recently donated artifacts. Watch this space for more details as they develop but plan now to join us! 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, December 4, 2022, at 10:00AM: The GCAS meets for this month's field trip at WNMU's Museum at Fleming Hall for a guided tour by museum director Danielle Romero. Come to view the new and innovative exhibits that Danni and her staff have already put on display, and hear about the museum's work in curating their vast collections. Ask about the museum's plans for future displays and how you can become involved in the process! For those unfamiliar, the entrance to the museum is across a small parking lot adjacent to the Aldo Leopold Charter School. From downtown Silver City, drive westbound along W 10th Street until it curves uphill and becomes N Louisiana Street right where the school and the museum are located, on the north side of the street. For more details, visit the museum's web page.) We'll see you there!

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December 2021

Volunteers Sought for Rock Art Recording

Ron Barber Stone_Calendar-RBRon Barber, creator of the Stone Calendar Project, has been studying rock art sites throughout the Southwest and Northern Mexico identifying glyphs that mark specific times of the year using unique light and shadow interactions.  He has some survey predictions for glyphs along the Gila Narrows and other southern sites and is looking for volunteers to help in further research.

Anyone who is interested in spending time in the field recording/filming calendar sun light interactions in the region, please contact Ron directly at barbers6@aol.com . Here's more of Ron's background:

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Humans and Their Dog Companions

GoggieNews in DNA research does not have to directly relate to our Mimbres-Mogollon region to be featured on this here blog. Click here to read a recent article of some fascinating DNA research into how - and how far back in time - dogs became domesticated and migrated hither and yon with their human companions. Some of the researchers' conclusions surprised even them. And there are sure to be more surprises to come.

What did we humans ever do to deserve dogs?

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Final Re-Post: Job Opening - WNMU Museum Director

Dr. Cynthia Bettison has announced her retirement as Director of the Western New Mexico University (WNMU) Museum effective January 1, 2022. During her 30+-year tenure the WNMU Museum, located in WNMU’s historic Fleming Hall, became a major repository of Mimbres Pottery including the Museum’s acquisition of the NAN Ranch collection (the largest and most complete collection of Mimbres materials from a single prehistoric Mimbres site). Dr. Bettison also launched the ongoing renovation of Fleming Hall itself.

Following are the position summary, application link, and contact information Dr. Bettison provided with her announcement. Please do not contact Dr. Bettison regarding this position. All interested candidates should apply via the link provided below, and direct any further inquiries to the WNMU Human Resources office email at employment@wnmu.edu or call 575-538-6328:

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Avian Archaeology - Archaeology Southwest's Free Zoom Series

2007-duck-stampbannerOur friends at Archaeology Southwest continue with their lineup of FREE online Zoom presentations for their Avian Archaeology season. Set some dates and register soon for one or more of the following:

January 4, 2022, 6:00PM MST: “Ducks, Power, and the San Juan Basketmakers” featuring Polly Schaafsma (Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology). More info and registration here.

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Our GCAS MAREC Supporters

GratitudeWe members of the GCAS are a very lucky bunch indeed. Our two allotted rooms in the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site's historic Wood House are complete. We're ready to get to work on our educational programs and research collections that will form the backbone of the new Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center. Meet the dozens of generous folks who have given the GCAS their time, skills, hard-earned money, and valued library materials to our project. It is because of their unwavering support that we are able to start 2022 in just the right way. Thank you all for standing by us!

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MAREC Progress Report - The Unveiling

Christmas has come early to the GCAS! We are thrilled to announce to all of cyberspace that we have completed the rehabilitation and furnishing of the two ground floor rooms allotted to our group in the historic Wood House at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. Even better news: the GCAS came in juuuust under the budget that our $8000 in GCAS contributions allowed.

The GCAS library now sports a full-wall built-in bookcase and other shelving units that are filled with our group's books and research materials. We have two locking cabinets for files and fragile items. Our refinished work table brightens the space. The adjacent study lab is fully equipped. Our potsherd collections, now at home on heavy-duty shelves, are cross-referenced with our library materials to make our inventory as accessible to researchers as possible.

Thanks to the continued support of our 33 donors and 17 volunteers, the GCAS has at long last launched our Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center. Now that we have created a reliable work and study space, we are eagerly looking forward to expanding and improving the educational programs and archaeological resource materials the GCAS offers to students of all ages. We are so grateful, especially during this holiday season.

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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

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