NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 6PM: The GCAS monthly in-person general meeting returns to 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 before introducing the evening's feature presentation by the GCAS's friend Dr. Bob Stokes, chair of ENMU's Archaeology Department, who will present his team's Preliminary Results from ENMU's 2021 Summer Field School at the Mares Rockshelter, a Jornada Mogollon Site along the Lower Rio Grande near Radium Springs. Watch this space and follow our blog for any adjustments of times, potluck procedures, etc. 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: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10:00AM-12:00PM noon, is the GCAS's traditional "July" field trip! Visit the 2022 Archaeology Fair hosted by Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona's Preservation Archaeology Field School at Gila River Farm in Cliff, New Mexico. The public is welcome and it's free of charge, so join GCAS members in learning about the project team's current archaeological investigations. Eye-catching informational exhibits will be on display, and the project team will offer hands-on activities to visitors of all ages. From the junction of Highways 180 and 211 in Cliff, drive 1 mile north, keep left (north) on Highway 293 and drive to Mile Marker 4. Just past MM 4, turn right into a driveway with a small sign that says, "Gila River Farm." Please use the parking area next to the large building down the driveway. Contact Archaeology Southwest with further questions. Safety measures will be in place, so please be prepared to wear a mask and keep a safe distance. See you at the Fair!

Two Upcoming Special Zoom Lectures
Archaeology Southwest's Free Zoom Series on Avian Archaeology

BREAKING: Danielle Romero Tapped as New Director of WNMU Museum

Dir photo DRomeroHere is some news we've all been waiting for! We are thrilled to report that Danielle Romero - our longtime friend, Mimbres scholar, and the GCAS's 2020 Coinman Grant Award recipient - is the new Director of the WNMU Museum in Silver City, New Mexico.

The WNMU Museum is home to the NAN Ranch Collection: the largest and most complete collection of Mimbres materials in existence from a single prehistoric Mimbres site, and the largest and most comprehensive permanent interpretative exhibition of Mimbres pottery and artifacts in the world. Not only will Danielle bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to these and the museum's other collections, she hopes to work closely with the GCAS - providing all us avocational archaeologists remarkable learning and volunteering opportunities!

Following are the University's announcement to their staff/faculty, and a few words from Danni herself:

Please welcome Danielle Romero to WNMU as the new Director of our museum. Born and raised in Southern California, Danielle has spent the last 11 years in Nevada managing archaeological collections and working for the State Historic Preservation Office. A PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, focusing on Mimbres pottery and how it informs prehistoric interaction, she has spent most of her summers for the past 9 years in the Mimbres Valley/Silver City working on various field projects. We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Danni's education, experience, expertise, and interests that align so strategically with the focus and future of the Museum. She says, "I am excited to be a part of the WNMU community and looking forward to continuing the success of the WNMU Museum."

Danni, on behalf of faculty, staff, and administration, I can say we are happy you have joined us. Please stop by the Museum to visit Danni, or send a warm welcome and best wishes.

And Danni says:

Hello GCAS! I am so excited to step into this role and be in Silver City full-time. I'm ready to talk Mimbres and ceramics 24/7/365 instead of that little 6-week field window every summer. Can't wait to see everyone! Stop by anytime!

Congratulations and welcome home, Danni. We will see you soon!

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