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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January 2022

Membership Renewal Time Is Here

GoggieIt's 2022 and a terrific time to join the GCAS or renew your membership!

Membership runs from January through December of the current year. Our individual membership is $20 and our family membership is $30. Click through to this page to either renew online via our PayPal link, or to download, print, fill out our Membership form, and send it with a check by mail to: Grant County Archaeological Society, PO Box 1713, Silver City, NM 88062.

Thank you for joining us!

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Re-Post: Special Zoom Event on February 5, 2022

Marilyn Markel with Pat GilmanOn February 5, 2022, at 11:30 AM (Arizona/Mountain Standard Time), the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society will present a very special virtual field trip of the Mattocks Site located in Mimbres, New Mexico, at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. This Zoom presentation is free and open to the public but one must pre-register by visiting this page for more info and to follow the link there.

The GCAS's very own Marilyn Markel and Professor Emerita Pat Gilman, the supervising archaeologist for the 1970s Mattocks Site excavation, will lead the virtual tour through the site itself and the adjacent museum, while discussing the site's history and the future opportunities it offers for local educational programs and archaeological research facilities.

Register now, and we will see you there!

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Avian Archaeology via Archaeology Southwest's Free Zoom Series

Chaco entradaOur 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:

February 1, 2022, 6:00PM MST: “The Importance of Birds in Chaco Canyon” presented by Katelyn Bishop (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). More info and registration here.

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Special Zoom Event on February 5, 2022!

Marilyn Markel with Pat GilmanOn February 5, 2022, at 11:30 AM (Arizona/Mountain Standard Time), the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society will present a very special virtual field trip of the Mattocks Site located in Mimbres, New Mexico, at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. This Zoom presentation is free and open to the public but one must pre-register by visiting this page for more info and to follow the link there.

The GCAS's very own Marilyn Markel and Professor Emerita Pat Gilman, the supervising archaeologist for the 1970s Mattocks Site excavation, will lead the virtual tour through the site itself and the adjacent museum, while discussing the site's history and the future opportunities it offers for local educational programs and archaeological research facilities.

Register early, and we will see you there!

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Online Via Zoom: Our January 19, 2022, Featured Speaker, David Greenwald

DGreenwaldWednesday, January 19, 2022, 7:00 PM via Zoom: GCAS general meeting features speaker David Greenwald of the nonprofit Jornada Research Institute. Dave will present Archaeoastronomy of the Great Kivas in Tularosa Canyon and describe how his and John Groh's recent studies - most comprehensively at Creekside Village but also at the Great, Great Kiva Site and the Twin Kivas Site - show that great kivas in Tularosa Canyon were used as celestial observatories tied to landmarks and horizon features to monitor the annual cycle of the sun, lunar cycles, and possibly cycles of other celestial objects.

David Greenwald has been an archaeologist for over 45 years. He has spent most of his career conducting cultural resource management projects in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and West Texas. Beginning his career at the Museum at Texas Tech University, he later joined the Archaeology Department at Arizona State University to work on various Hohokam sites in the Phoenix Basin. For several years during the 1980s he worked on Anasazi, Mogollon and Hohokam excavation projects while at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and continuing his graduate work at Northern Arizona University. Dave served for three years on the Dolores Archaeological Program for the University of Colorado in the Mesa Verde area on what became the largest archaeological excavation project in the United States. In 2001 he and his wife, Dawn, started Four Corners Research, a consulting firm headquartered in Tularosa, New Mexico. Living along the Rio Tularosa, Dave's interest in the area's archaeological richness led to his founding of the Jornada Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to ongoing research of our cultural and natural resources while engaging the public to appreciate the significance of archaeological sites. Dave serves as the President of the Jornada Research Institute and Director of the Rio Tularosa Research Program.

Look for the Zoom link in your email a few days before the Zoom meeting, then join us online at about 6:45 PM to get settled. Dave will begin his talk at 7:00 PM sharp. We'll see you there!

 

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Our 2022 Officers and Board of Trustees

LecturingAnnouncing our current slate of GCAS officers! You will see a couple of open positions this year, so please consider stepping up to maintain the strong bullpen we've had!

  • President:                            OPEN
  • Vice President:                     Marilyn Gendron
  • Treasurer:                            Lee Brown
  • Secretary:                            William Hudson
  • Program Chair:                     Marilyn Gendron
  • Field Trip Coordinator:         OPEN
  • Newsletter:                           Bill Dixon (editor), Kyle Meredith (distribution)
  • Membership:                         Lee Brown, Kyle Meredith

Our current Board of Trustees:

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Happy 2022 To All!

CheersThe Grant County Archaeological Society wishes everyone a Happy and Most Auspicious New Year - and what better way to start 2022 right, than by renewing your GCAS membership?

Membership runs from January through December of the current year. Our individual membership is $20 and our family membership is $30. Click through to this page to either renew online via our PayPal link, or to download, print, fill out our Membership form, and send it with a check by mail to: Grant County Archaeological Society, PO Box 1713, Silver City, NM 88062.

Thank you for joining us in 2022!

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