NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 6:00 PM, at 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. No potluck dinner but refreshments provided. Featured speaker: GCAS's own Joseph A. Bryce, Assistant Curator of History and Exhibitions at the Silver City Museum, will discuss "The Fremont Culture in Utah."

NEXT FIELD TRIP: By tradition there is NO field trip in January, but watch this space for future info on one or more possible work parties at the GCAS's library room at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site. Inventory and organizing opportunities galore!

Education

Registration Soon Closes for 2019 Rock Art Academy in El Paso, Texas

Badger vs. opossumThe Texas Archeological Society's two-day Rock Art Academy will be held in El Paso, Texas, on February 16-17, 2019. Registration will close at midnight on January 17, 2019.

The TAS Rock Art Academy "...explores regional rock art archeological sites, Mogollon archeological sites, and how investigators use this information to interpret the human and natural histories of an area. Classroom Bighorn sheep 1sessions for the Academy will be held at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology with field sessions at Hueco Tanks State Park..."

For registration and event details please go to this TAS page.

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How to Show Respect When Visiting Sites

image from scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net 100_9598e1Cool people know how wrong it is to carve (photo, left) or spray-paint (photo, right) their own "art" on top of petroglyphs and pictographs.That kind of vandalism stifles the voices of the ancient artists and erases their stories. It also creates some very bad juju for the perp. However, even the most well-meaning visitor to an archaeological or historic site may not be aware of the damage that can be caused by other, seemingly harmless activity.

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Visit a Virtual Museum

image from swvirtualmuseum.nau.eduThe American Southwest Virtual Museum describes itself as "...a digital repository of photographs, maps, information, and virtual tours of National Park Service units and museums across the Southwest." However, they offer much more than that to the avocational archaeologist. For example, browse through their Pottery Guide in the home page's right sidebar, or perhaps start with the home page's Featured Exhibit. Their interactive Artifact Exhibits include animal bone, projectile points, shells, and more - with comprehensive identifications that include provenience.

The American Southwest Virtual Museum is an excellent way for anyone to become better acquainted with the cultures, artifacts, and archaeological sites of the US Southwest. Your GCAS Webmaster says check it out!

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Archaeologically-Inclined

We all have that certain someone on our holiday gift list. They're the kind of person who spends a fair amount of time outdoors, exploring untold numbers of historic and ancient sites in remote locations...volunteering as a site steward to protect such sites from vandalism and looting...and spending their indoor time reading and learning even more about the places they like the best.

If you're stumped by what to give to your favorite archaeo-nerd this holiday season, you may find the following suggestions helpful:

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2019 Rock Art Academy, El Paso

Doe  maybe  between 2 male figuresRegistration is open and ongoing for the Texas Archeological Society's Rock Art Academy to be held in El Paso, Texas, on February 16-17, 2019.

FriendshipThe TAS describes the Rock Art Academy as "...a two-day Texas Archeology Academy that explores regional rock art archeological sites, Mogollon archeological sites, and how investigators use this information to interpret the human and natural histories of an area. Classroom sessions for the Academy will be held at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology with field sessions at Hueco Tanks State Park..."

The registration period for the 2019 Rock Art Academy continues through midnight on January 17, 2019. For details on this event, go to this TAS page.

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21st Biennial Jornada Mogollon Archaeology Conference

Save the dates: the 21st Biennial Jornada Mogollon Archaeology Conference will be held on October 11-12, 2019 (all day Friday and Saturday), at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology in El Paso, Texas.

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Jeff Romney
Director

4301 Transmountain Road
El Paso, Texas 79924
(915) 212-3162 (temporary)
Archaeology.elpasotexas.gov

As noted above, they expect to issue their Call for Papers in January, 2019.

Everyone is encouraged to periodically check for further information and updates via the El Paso Museum of Archaeology's website or their Facebook page.

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The Nancy Coinman Grant Awards - Application Period Is Closed

DragonfliesThe December 1, 2018, application deadline for the GCAS/Nancy Coinman Grant Awards has passed and the application period is now closed. Our GCAS Board of Trustees will notify applicants of whether or not they have been selected for a Nancy Coinman Grant Award no later than February 1, 2019.

The GCAS thanks all the applicants for having taken time to participate in this first round of the Nancy Coinman Grant Awards. We hope to hear from you again when a second round of Grant Awards is offered.

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The Coinman Grant Awards - Applications Due December 1

The deadline for the GCAS to receive applications for a GCAS/Nancy Coinman Grant Award is December 1, 2018 - six days from today - so urge your favorite graduate student to apply immediately.

For the second half of the 2018-2019 academic year, the GCAS is providing two awards in the amount of $750 each to PhD candidate(s) and/or Master’s-level student(s). All applications will be considered although the GCAS encourages applications by anthropology or archaeology students (Master’s degree students and PhD candidates) enrolled at an accredited university; upon projects related to topics unique to the Mimbres-Mogollon region or the greater Southwest region (the US Southwest and Northwest Mexico); and which indicate financial need or in-kind support.

Learn more about our GCAS/Nancy Coinman Grant Awards, and start the application process, here.

Nancy showing student spear point from Upper Paleolithic

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Following Dr. Fumiyasu Arakawa

Fumi ArakawaEveryone calls him Fumi.

He earned his PhD in Anthropology from Washington State University in 2006, with an emphasis in geology and lithics (the scientific analysis of stone tools, chipped stone artifacts, and their debris).  He has regularly spoken at conferences and written articles in professional publications regarding lithic and pottery analysis, but from the beginning his research expanded to include topics such as the migration and settlement patterns of ancient societies based on the lithic and pottery material they left behind, and the cultural implications of that activity. All of which Fumi delivers to his audiences with his characteristic dry wit.

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The Nancy Coinman Grant Awards' Deadline Is Approaching

Nancy Volunteering at the Harvest FestThe application deadline for the GCAS/Nancy Coinman Grant Awards is just 20 days away. To be clear:

The deadline for the GCAS to receive applications for a GCAS/Nancy Coinman Grant Award is December 1, 2018, so please pass this on to your favorite graduate student immediately.

For the second half of the 2018-2019 academic year, the GCAS is providing two awards in the amount of $750 each to PhD candidate(s) and/or Master’s-level student(s). All applications will be considered although the GCAS encourages applications by anthropology or archaeology students (Master’s degree students and PhD candidates) enrolled at an accredited university; upon projects related to topics unique to the Mimbres-Mogollon region or the greater Southwest region (the US Southwest and Northwest Mexico); and which indicate financial need or in-kind support.

Learn more about Nancy Ruth Coinman and our GCAS/Nancy Coinman Grant Awards, and start the application process, here.

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