NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7:00 PM: General Meeting goes online via Zoom! Al Dart of Old Pueblo Archaeology presents “Old-Time Religion? The Salado Phenomenon in the Greater Southwest.” No business meeting, this will be a Zoom presentation only. Watch for an upcoming Special Bulletin with details on how to join in on this fascinating lecture.

NEXT FIELD TRIP = WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES AS TO WHEN FIELD TRIPS WILL RESUME.

Current Affairs

In Search Of: GCAS Newsletters

IMG_1669One of the many exciting projects of the GCAS Library, Archives, and Collections is to compile a list of all past GCAS field trips based on what was reported in our monthly newsletters. This is Phase One. When this list is as complete as it can be, Phase Two will be to match the dates and places of our field trips to the GCAS's massive collection of photographs. This two-phase project will make a more complete record of how certain archaeological sites have changed over time, which could be valuable to anyone researching a specific site.

Our archives include newsletters dating from November, 1969, to the present but unfortunately, newsletters are missing for several dates in between. That's where YOU, Dear GCAS member, come in!

If you happen to be keeping any past newsletters from any date, any decade, any century; and if you are willing to part with them permanently, please contact Your Loyal Webmaster and we will arrange to pick them up from you and immediately deliver them to the GCAS Library, Archives, and Collections for compilation.

Thank you for your help!

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Interactive Fun with the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project

Kwells and friendThe Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project in Velarde, New Mexico, has produced a virtual tour of their extensive site that anyone can enjoy. You may have to navigate through one or two screens on this link, or perhaps this link, but it is worth a few minutes of your time to see glimpses of this very unique and important site. If you have never visited the site you will enjoy this brief introduction to it. If you have already visited in person you will be thrilled to see some of its highlights again.

Please also consider sending a donation to the MPPP to support their preservation efforts. Once it becomes feasible for public health you may consider visiting the site yourself. Plan a few days, as there are 6 different trails among the petroglyphs to sign up with a docent to see!

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Treasure Hill Under New Ownership

Lecture by LaVerne Herrington (far R)The GCAS's very own Marilyn Gendron reports a welcome development for archaeological preservationists. the Archaeological Conservancy announced in the Summer 2020 issue of American Archaeology magazine that they have acquired one of our local archaeological sites, Treasure Hill, from long-time friends of the GCAS, archaeologist LaVerne Herrington and her husband, engineer Ellis "Red" Herrington. The article, entitled The Treasures of Treasure Hill: The Conservancy Obtains a Rare, Well-Preserved Mimbres Site, is not yet published online as of this writing but excerpts from it, combined with LaVerne Herrington's own remarks, follow:

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Welcome to the Grant County Archaeological Society

FSCN4232Thank you for visiting our corner of cyberspace.

The Grant County Archaeological Society was first organized in 1928 and is the oldest continuously chartered archaeological club in New Mexico. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation aiming to preserve and protect prehistoric, historic, and culturally significant places and objects.

15 - John and KathrynCertain of our group's activities have been temporarily curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic but our group continues with our mission. When pandemic restrictions allow, we hold monthly meetings open to the public with featured speakers discussing a wide array of topics, and we arrange monthly field trips to sites of historic and cultural interest. Our members volunteer as stewards, monitoring archaeological sites; and we assist in professional archaeological excavations. We offer regular educational workshops to area students of all ages, FSCN4987and support the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site by providing educational tours to the general public and performing protective maintenance of the co-located Mattocks Ruin archaeological site. Our group's project of preserving and organizing our group's library, archives, and collections - amassed over a period of more than 90 years - continues with a view toward ultimately making the materials accessible to future researchers.

You are welcome to learn more about our group by clicking on any of the links in the navigation bar at the top of this Home page or in the sidebar to the left. Scroll down to see what's happening now in our blog, and continue scrolling to the bottom of this page to contact us directly.

Please enjoy!

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An Announcement from the Southwest Kiln Conference for 2020

SWKCof logoThe Southwest Kiln Conference, established in 2003, is devoted to the art, science and technology of recreating the prehistoric pottery of the American Southwest. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic they are adapting their annual conference to the circumstances. From Southwest Kiln:

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The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project's Monthly Lecture Series

The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project in Velarde, New Mexico, has adapted their monthly lecture schedule to fit the vagaries of our COVID-19 pandemic. Where appropriate they plan to livestream their lectures so even those of us interested folks down here in the territories can enjoy them. Please remember to double-check all the following dates directly with the MPPP to stay on top of any sudden or last-minute changes. The MPPP announces:

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In Memoriam: Warren DeBoer

Warren-2016The GCAS is saddened to report that our group's friend and one of our past Featured Speakers, Warren DeBoer, passed away at age 74 on May 24, 2020, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Our hearts go out to his wife Sara Stinson, his sister Ainsley, and the rest of his family. His family remembers:

"Professor Warren DeBoer joined the Department of Anthropology at Queens College in 1972 and retired in 2012. Universally loved by students, Dr. DeBoer taught Introduction to Archaeology, Peoples of North America, and Archaeology of North America, foundational courses for our anthropology majors, for 40 years.

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Breaking News from a Past Coinman Grant Awards Recipient

21 - Museum  olla detail  Mound of the OfferingsSamantha Bomkamp, one of only two 2018-2019 Coinman Grant Awards recipients, completed her thesis for her Master's of Science in Anthropology degree at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in May 2020. She kindly sent us a copy of her thesis, entitled "Typological and Iconographic Analyses of Casas Grandes Pottery at the Milwaukee Public Museum," to share with our membership. Click here to read her thesis: Download Bomkamp-Thesis-Casas-Grandes-Pottery-MPM-2020.pdf (15666.2K)

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