NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at 6:00PM: it's the GCAS annual holiday get-together at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City! Our holiday custom is to have a potluck with a virtually nonexistent business meeting and no official program, followed by a white-elephant gift exchange and general holiday good times. Dress festively and bring your best holiday dish to share! (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 3, 2023: our next field trip - GCAS members only - investigates the C-Bar Ranch area off of Highway 90. Meet at the car park just off of Hwy 90 in Tyrone in front of the US Post Office BEFORE 10:00 AM (this jumping-off spot is about 15-20 minutes’ drive from downtown Silver City but be mindful of possible delays due to Hwy 90 construction in downtown Silver City). The group will LEAVE FROM the Tyrone parking area at 10:00 AM sharp. Destinations: a shelter cave and beyond to a pictograph location. Leader Kyle Meredith explains that: “most vehicles should be able to drive to the site, although C-Bar Road is rough in spots. We encourage carpooling from the parking area in Tyrone to the site! From where our group will park on C-Bar Road it is a short walk to the shelter cave where we will see bedrock mortars and smoky ceilings. The hike to the pictographs is about one mile over some rough terrain and some easy trails. To see the pictographs it is necessary to do a little scrambling over rocks and boulders. Perhaps it’s not the season for rattlesnakes, but be aware that I have seen one on two different occasions.”

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Jornada Research Institute - Projects and Trips

Generic flight-2.0Archaeologist Dave Greenwald of the Jornada Research Institute checks in with the latest action in the Jornada-Mogollon region. He reports that:

weekend excavations at Cornelius Locus are suspended until next Spring. In November, the JRI will organize excavations at Creekside Village, scheduling TBA. Expect some lab days when the JRI volunteers (like you!) will process (wash, sort re-bag) artifacts from Cornelius Locus and select samples for radiocarbon dating. Dave will provide specifics on these activities (where and when) in a future email to participants as well as to this here website.

Dave also sends updates on JRI's upcoming international tours*:

"Mayan World tour still has space available but on November 5th, we will close registration for this tour because we will not be able to guarantee hotel rooms after that date. If you have been considering joining this tour, please contact Dave soon. Tour dates are February 5 to 15, 2024...." Scroll down on this page for details.

"Northern Scotland: Highlands, Isle of Lewis, and Orkney, scheduled for July 29 to August 9, 2024 is fully booked. We have a wait list started and have arranged a second tour if we get a minimum of 16 to sign up. The dates for the second tour will be August 12 through 22, 2024 (depart USA on August 11 with overnight flight into Inverness arriving on August 12). Please contact Dave if you are interested in joining this tour...."

Greek Odyssey (Greece and Ephesus, Turkey): we are accepting deposits for this tour which is scheduled for October 7 to 18, 2024. This tour is a land and cruise tour (6 days of land and 4 days on a cruise ship to visit multiple islands: Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini). If you are interested in this tour, please contact Dave. Details are on this page."

*The Jornada Research Institute has instituted a policy that allows the JRI to donate $125 to any non-profit organization that any traveler on their tours designates. The GCAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation/public charity, so please keep our name in mind as a recipient when you sign up for a JRI tour. And let us know how you enjoy your JRI trip!

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