NEXT MEETING: Saturday, October 21, 2023, at 6:00PM: The GCAS’s general meeting IS RESCHEDULED from the usual third Wednesday of the month to the following Saturday, October 21, 2023, beginning at 6:00PM, for a special meeting and potluck dinner at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City to welcome visiting members of the GCAS's friends and generous supporters of our MAREC project, the Albuquerque Archaeological Society. GCAS members, please bring your finest potluck dishes to share with about 15 members of AAS who would love to meet you. As we get to know one another, there will be a slideshow presentation of either the Rock House Petroglyph Site, the Dragonfly Petroglyph Site, or both. Join us on Saturday! (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, October 22, 2023, at 10:00 AM: Due to lack of a selected destination for the usual field trip on the first Sunday of the month, October's field trip is rescheduled to October 22 when members of the Albuquerque Archaeological Society visit our area. Destination will be either Rock House Petroglyph Site in lower Mimbres Valley (pending permit approval) or Dragonfly Petroglyph Site in Arenas Valley. Watch this space as details develop.

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Online Via Zoom: Our February 16, 2022, Featured Speaker, Cody Dalpra

Cody Dalpra BLM closeupFebruary 16, 2022, 6:45PM via Zoom: It's the GCAS's regularly scheduled monthly general meeting, featuring Cody Dalpra M.A., R.P.A., District Archaeologist for the Las Cruces District Office of the Bureau of Land Management. Cody will discuss Landscapes of the Past American Southwest: Cultural Meaning from Ethnographic Viewshed Analysis. Cody describes,

"The importance of landscapes archaeologically is a frequently discussed, yet often overlooked line of evidence. The natural landscapes that surround us assist in the formation of individual worldviews and become integral to group cosmologies. Humans tend to attach strong social meanings to visually prominent landforms. The American Southwest is a region where landscape focused research can involve both natural and cultural aspects due to the vast ethnographic record and collaboration with modern Native American Puebloan populations. This is amplified in combination with the variable striking landscape containing mesas, canyons, deserts, and mountains. This presentation will present research completed on Ancestral Puebloan sites at Petrified Forest National Park in northeast Arizona, in addition to a discussion of the importance of the prominent landforms in southern New Mexico for settlement and mobility patterns prior to the completion of the railroad in A.D. 1881."

Cody Dalpra M.A., R.P.A. is a District Archaeologist for the Las Cruces District Office of the Bureau of Land Management. Experienced in academic, contract, and federal archaeology, Cody has worked across the West since 2005. Originally from northern Colorado, landscapes have greatly influenced his life contributing to this research. Other archaeological research interests include lithic stone tool analysis in addition to settlement and mobility. Outside of archaeology Cody enjoys hiking with his dog and generally enjoying the outdoors.

Please look for your email with your Zoom link to the GCAS meeting about a week before Cody's presentation. On the day of the meeting hop online about 6:45 PM to get settled; Cody will begin his presentation at 7PM sharp. Come join us to learn about different ways of seeing the landscapes around us!

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