NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 6:30 PM: It's the GCAS's first post-pandemic in-person general meeting! Meet at the Roundup Lodge at 91 Acklin Hill Road in Mimbres, New Mexico.  The Roundup's ongoing renovations preclude our traditional potluck dinner; instead bring FINGER FOOD SNACKS ONLY for yourself or to share. Beverages must be in recyclable containers. Cleanup is unavailable except for what you can take home yourself or put in the trash. Weather permitting, we gather outdoors between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM to get reacquainted with one another after so long apart. President Kyle Meredith emphasizes: "While those who have received vaccinations have little fear of contracting or transmitting the disease, the state mandate—as I understand it as of this writing—still requires everyone to wear a mask at “mass gatherings” of no more than 150 persons.  It is especially important among those who have not been vaccinated. Any risk is entirely the choice of the individual." We move indoors at 7PM for the general meeting. The GCAS's own Marilyn Markel & Marianne Smith will follow the general meeting with a PowerPoint slideshow, "MAREC: How It Started/How It's Going," featuring historical and present-day photos of the Wood House and the progress of our Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center project. Come see what we've been doing!

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Ancient Americas - Linky Goodness to Events and Lectures

44 - TzintzuntzanOne advantage the covid pandemic has given us avocational archaeologists is the opportunity to become familiar with the abundance of online sources suitable for our continuing education and entertainment. Here is another such source we'd encourage everyone to check out: it's Mike Ruggeri's clearinghouse for links to lectures, events, and web pages regarding archaeological investigations throughout North, Central, and South America, including our own region of interest.

64 - Yaxchilan approach thru jungle from riverMike Ruggeri showcases Ancient Americas events on Tumblr - bookmark this link and refer to it early in each month for that whole month's list of Zoom lectures & live conferences: http://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com

Links to his web pages featuring the cultures of Northern Mexico, Mesoamerica, Mississippian, and many more are here: https://mikeruggerispages.tumblr.com/

Finally, to connect to YouTube videos of past lectures including those of the Amerind Foundation, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Steve Lekson, Paul Minnis, the Peabody Museum, and so much more throughout our hemisphere, go to this page: https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

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Mimbreños y Paquiméños: Current Research by Thatcher Rogers

Ramos poly MNM Mimbres serpentGCAS member Thatcher Rogers is currently a PhD student at UNM, a ceramics analyst/archaeologist for the Office of Contract Archeology and Aspen CRM Solutions, and one of the recipients of our Nancy Coinman Grant Awards. He has kindly allowed us to include on our website his recently-published paper, "Mimbreños y Paquiméños: Historicism and the Ancestry of the Casas Grandes Ceramic Tradition."

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Online Via Zoom: Our May 19, 2021, Featured Speaker, John Stocke, PhD

Our monthly GCAS general meeting happens on Zoom on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7 PM: Stocke_john As is our Zoom custom, our brief-if-any business meeting will be immediately followed by our Featured Speaker, John Stocke, Colorado University-Boulder professor of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (1985-2017), who returns to discuss Ethnic Astronomy with us. If you recall any of his past presentations such as the significance of The Pleiades, or aspects of Polynesian celestial navigation, you know to join us online at 6:45 to get situated before Dr. Stocke begins at 7:00 PM sharp. A Q&A session will follow the talk. Check your email inbox for your Zoom invitation about one week before the presentation, and learn more about Dr. Stocke's ongoing projects here.

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Announcing the Recipients of the GCAS 2021 Coinman Grant Awards

Nancy Volunteering at the Harvest FestThe GCAS is thrilled to introduce the two recipients of this year's Nancy Coinman Grant Awards, Jonah Jankovik and Thatcher Rogers.

Established in 2018, the Nancy Coinman Grant Awards are an essential component of our mission: to recognize and support students of anthropology and archaeology in their efforts to analyze, preserve, and protect archaeological resources and culturally significant places and objects. We offer these grant awards to PhD candidates and/or Master's level students. The application period for our 2021 award cycle expired on March 1, 2021. We subsequently provided two awards as follows:

PhD candidate Thatcher Rogers received an award of $1000. Read his research proposal here.

Master's candidate Jonah Jankovik also received an award of $1000. Read her research proposal here.

Everyone is welcome to read past awardees' progress reports by starting on our main Grant Awards page.

Congratulations, Jonah and Thatcher! The GCAS is happy to support your work and look forward to hearing more about your research.

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Online Via Zoom: Our April 21, 2021, Featured Speaker, Wendy Sutton, PhD

SuttonPlease join us online at 7PM next week, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, for our monthly GCAS meeting via Zoom. As usual during these pandemic times we expect to have no business meeting, allowing us to get straightaway to welcoming our Featured Speaker, Wendy Sutton, PhD. Dr. Sutton will introduce us to the timely and sensitive issues surrounding: "The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act at 30 – Challenges and Successes in Returning the Ancestors to their Communities within a Federal Context." Dr Sutton explains,

"NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) was passed on November 16, 1990. While the act was passed with human rights motivations, it was written as property law. For the last 30 years museums and agencies subject to NAGPRA have struggled to meet its intent and vision. This presentation will discuss the historic roots of NAGPRA, what it requires, how it influences archaeological projects on federal lands, and the Forest Service’s progress towards meeting NAGPRA requirements."

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Online Via Zoom: Our February 17, 2021, Featured Speaker: Lawrence (Larry) Loendorf

Larry-loendorf Larry Loendorf excavating in front of Main rock art panel  Valley of the Shields  MontanaJoin us Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 7:00 PM on Zoom to hear our Featured Speaker, Lawrence (Larry) Loendorf of Sacred Sites Research, Inc. explain the relationships he and other anthropologists, archaeologists, and ethnobotanists have studied between "Medicinal Plants and Rock Art Sites in Southern New Mexico."

Larry was born and raised in Montana. His BA and MA degrees are in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Montana and his PhD is from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After receiving his PhD, he taught at the University of North Dakota for 22 years and then moved to undertake research and teaching at the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University. He currently manages Sacred Sites Research, Inc., a non-profit company that is dedicated to protecting ancient pictograph and petroglyph sites.

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Online Via Zoom: Our January 20, 2021, Featured Speaker: David Greenwald

DGreenwaldWednesday, January 20, 2021, 7:00 PM via Zoom: 2021's first GCAS general meeting features speaker David Greenwald of the nonprofit Jornada Research Institute. Dave describes that he:

"...will be discussing the high points of the archaeological resources in Tularosa Canyon that date to the Mesilla phase (specifically between AD 600 and 900) focusing on Creekside Village, but also bringing the Twin Kivas Site and the Great, Great Kiva Site into the discussion. His presentation is titled EARLY JORNADA MOGOLLON SUBSISTENCE, SOCIO-POLITICAL, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION IN TULAROSA CANYON, OTERO COUNTY, NEW MEXICO. Thus far, the Jornada Research Institute has published the first volume on the research at Creekside Village, a preliminary report, research design and plan for expanded investigations. Ongoing studies include a focus on the reservoir and irrigation systems, terraced agricultural features, and pit houses at Creekside Village, and the great kivas, canals, and field systems in Tularosa Canyon."

Watch your email for our Zoom invite. There will be no business meeting so join us at about 6:45 PM to get settled,  and enjoy Dave's presentation when it begins at 7:00 PM sharp!

Learn more about Dave's extensive background in his own words:

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How DNA Research Affects Study of Past Cultural Events

Certain advances in DNA research have recently hit the mainstream press. Bonus: the scientists include one who is a familiar friend to many of us in the GCAS. Please enjoy the following excerpts. [Spoiler alert: if you want to surprise yourself about the identity of our mystery scientist, read the whole article linked above but do not read below the fold here]:

"The Reich lab, the foremost unit in the country for research into ancient DNA, is responsible for more than half the world’s published data in the field. Having so far sequenced the DNA of more than ten thousand long-dead individuals from all over the globe, the lab is almost halfway through a five-year project to create an atlas of human migration and diversity, allowing us to peer deep into our past. The work has produced startling insights into who we are as a species, where we have come from, and what we have done to one another. Hidden in the human genome is evidence of inequality, the displacement of peoples, invasion, mass rape, and large-scale killing....“This is an example of the power of ancient DNA to reveal cultural events,” Reich [said]...It also shows how DNA evidence can upset established archeological theories and bring rejected ones back into contention....

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How to Build a Pithouse Singlehandedly

Pithouse 1Yes, the woman in this YouTube video is building her pithouse somewhere in Southeast Asia; and yes, she's using a metal-bladed tool while working in a different type of soil. However, she illustrates how few tools and people may have been required 1000 years ago to build a structure we avocational archaeologists in the US Southwest know very well. Set aside 20 minutes to watch her in action, and enjoy!

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