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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The GCAS's Nancy Coinman Library

October Reminders

It's been a busy month, going from September into October. Set aside these remaining October dates for archaeological action leading into the Halloween holiday:

Wednesday, 10/18/2023: GCAS’s general meeting IS RESCHEDULED to 3 days later on 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 Albuquerque Archaeological Society to our area for the weekend. GCAS members, please bring your finest potluck dishes to share with about 15 members of AAS who would love to meet you - see below for a sketch of the rest of the weekend's plans.

Friday evening, 10/20/2023 thru Sunday morning, 10/22/2023: Members of our companion organization and generous supporters of our MAREC project, the Albuquerque Archaeological Society, will visit Silver City for the weekend! GCAS members are welcome to join any/all activities but space is limited so email or call Marianne at [email protected] or 772-529-2627 to confirm availability for one or more of the following activities, and for details/directions as they develop:

Friday, 10/20, 6:00PM, Little Toad Creek Brewery get-together (dutch treat);

Saturday, 10/21, 10:00AM, tour of WNMU Museum;

Saturday, 10/21, 2:30PM, tour of Mimbres Culture Heritage Site;

Saturday, 10/21, 6:00 PM: GCAS general meeting and potluck at the Memory Lane clubhouse - 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City; presentation will be a casual slideshow of petroglyphs from Dragonfly and Rock House sites with all attendees invited to share their own interpretations of rock imagery;

Sunday, 10/22, 10:00AM: field trip, destination is the 3.4-mile Dragonfly Petroglyph loop trail in the Arenas Valley. Meet at the car park at the Dragonfly Trailhead at 10:00 AM sharp. Take Hwy 180 East and between mile markers 118 and 119 where you see the brown "Dragonfly Trailhead" sign , turn north off of Hwy 180 onto Arenas Valley Road. It's a short distance from there to the car park. See you there!

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