NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 6PM: The GCAS monthly in-person general meeting returns to the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley) near the junction of Highways 152 and 35. Start at 6PM with your own plates/utensils/beverage & a dish for yourself or to share. Brief general meeting at 6:45 PM before introducing the evening's feature presentation by the GCAS's friend Dr. Bob Stokes, chair of ENMU's Archaeology Department, who will present his team's Preliminary Results from ENMU's 2021 Summer Field School at the Mares Rockshelter, a Jornada Mogollon Site along the Lower Rio Grande near Radium Springs. Watch this space and follow our blog for any adjustments of times, potluck procedures, etc. 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: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10:00AM-12:00PM noon, is the GCAS's traditional "July" field trip! Visit the 2022 Archaeology Fair hosted by Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona's Preservation Archaeology Field School at Gila River Farm in Cliff, New Mexico. The public is welcome and it's free of charge, so join GCAS members in learning about the project team's current archaeological investigations. Eye-catching informational exhibits will be on display, and the project team will offer hands-on activities to visitors of all ages. From the junction of Highways 180 and 211 in Cliff, drive 1 mile north, keep left (north) on Highway 293 and drive to Mile Marker 4. Just past MM 4, turn right into a driveway with a small sign that says, "Gila River Farm." Please use the parking area next to the large building down the driveway. Contact Archaeology Southwest with further questions. Safety measures will be in place, so please be prepared to wear a mask and keep a safe distance. See you at the Fair!

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Mark Your Calendars for July's Community Conversation at the Silco Theater!

Dir photo DRomeroSaturday, July 23, 2022, 11:00AM at downtown Silver City's Silco Theater, 311 Bullard Street - free to the public: it's The Meaning of Things, this month's installment of the Community Conversation program cosponsored by the Silver City Museum and the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning. Featured speaker Dani Romero, Director of the WNMU Museum, will describe the history of Mimbreño pottery and its cultural connotations to Southwest New Mexico. Afterwards audience members are invited to join a Community Conversation on how objects can be expressions of cultural identity. Attendees are encouraged to bring objects from home that have personal relevance to them and to share their stories in “The Meaning of Things.”

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Pats on the Back All Around

On June 8, 2022, the SCWK-06-08-2022-1Silver City Watershed Keepers organized a field trip to the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site for local youth as part of their Nature Discovery Summer Camp program. GCAS members led a tour of the Mattocks site and offered the group hands-on experiences in archaeological techniques. The students visited the nearby Nature Conservancy’s Mimbres River Preserve where they learned about native fish and macroinvertebrates from USFS ranger Emily Pollam. Silver Consolidated Schools provided lunches and the Silver City Co-Op supplied fresh apples for all.

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Last Call: May 6, 2022, Is Deadline for Chaco Comments!

Chaco1Please help Chaco Canyon NOW, by commenting via email, letter, or in person before May 6, 2022!

On January 5, 2022, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, through the Bureau of Land Management, formally proposed to withdraw about 351,000 acres of public lands surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park from oil and gas development. This proposal furthers the Biden Administration’s efforts to protect Chaco Canyon and the greater connected landscape from oil/gas extraction and industrialized fracking, and to ensure that public land management takes into better consideration the region’s sacred sites, stories, and cultural resources.

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Re-Post: Protect Chaco Canyon Landscape by May 6, 2022!

Chaco1Please help Chaco Canyon by commenting via email, letter, or in person before May 6, 2022!

On January 5, 2022, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, through the Bureau of Land Management, formally proposed to withdraw about 351,000 acres of public lands surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park from oil and gas development. This proposal furthers the Biden Administration’s efforts to protect Chaco Canyon and the greater connected landscape from oil/gas extraction and industrialized fracking, and to ensure that public land management takes into better consideration the region’s sacred sites, stories, and cultural resources.

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Volunteer with GCAS at Gila Earth Day

Terra2GCAS members, please help out staffing our booth - half an hour, or more if you're so inclined! No experience necessary! Contact Marianne at gcasnm.org@gmail.com or telephone her at 772-529-2627 to volunteer!

Saturday, April 23,2022, 10:00AM - 2:00PM: Visit Gough Park in Silver City for Gila Earth Day, brought to us by a joint effort of the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) and the Continental Divide Trail Days. This year's theme is, ..."Invest in Our Planet” and will focus on working together to solve the climate crisis, choosing both a prosperous and sustainable future, restoring nature, and building a healthy planet for posterity. The GCAS plans to have our booth on hand to showcase how the scientific study of archaeology and ancient climate change is essential to understanding the effects of our own era's climate change and determining ow to mitigate it. For event details, click here. To learn more about GRIP, visit their Home page. Big fun for all ages!

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Online Via Zoom: Our April 20, 2022, Featured Speaker: Ron Barber

Ron barber Plumed serpent effigyEveryone is welcome to join us online at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, via Zoom when our Featured Speaker, Ron Barber, creator of the Stone Calendar Project, presents Chasing the Plumed Serpents of the Southwest. As always, please look for your email with your Zoom link to the GCAS meeting about a week before Ron's presentation; Plumed serpent glyphon the day of the meeting hop online about 6:45 PM to get settled - Ron will begin his presentation at 7PM sharp. Come join us to hear him describe,

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GCAS at Gila Earth Day

Terra2Saturday, April 23,2022, 10:00AM - 2:00PM: Plan to visit Gough Park in Silver City for Gila Earth Day, brought to us by a joint effort of the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) and the Continental Divide Trail Days. GRIP announces that this year's theme is, ..."Invest in Our Planet” and will focus on working together to solve the climate crisis, and choose BOTH a prosperous and sustainable future, restore nature and build a healthy planet for our children and their children." The GCAS plans to have our booth on hand to showcase how the scientific study of archaeology and ancient climate change is essential to understanding the effects of our own era's climate change and determining ow to mitigate it. To learn more details, click here for the Gila Resources Information Project's full announcement. To learn more about GRIP, visit their Home page. Big fun for all ages!

GCAS members, please help out staffing our booth - half an hour, or more if you're so inclined, is all it takes. No experience necessary! Contact Marianne at gcasnm.org@gmail.com or telephone her at 772-529-2627 to volunteer!

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Protect Chaco Canyon Landscape in Person or by Letter by May 6, 2022!

Chaco1Please help Chaco Canyon by commenting via email, letter, or in person before May 6, 2022!

On January 5, 2022, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, through the Bureau of Land Management, formally proposed to withdraw about 351,000 acres of public lands surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park from oil and gas development. This proposal furthers the Biden Administration’s efforts to protect Chaco Canyon and the greater connected landscape from oil/gas extraction and industrialized fracking, and to ensure that public land management takes into better consideration the region’s sacred sites, stories, and cultural resources.

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NEWS: Apply to the BLM Resource Advisory Council

NMBLM_RAC_Boundaries_June2_2020The Las Cruces District of the Bureau of Land Management is seeking qualified and motivated applicants from the public, as they describe below. One category of participants includes stakeholders with the "Archaeological/Historical Interests" we value, so please consider serving on this worthwhile Advisory Council. The BLM announces:

"WE NEED YOU! We are seeking public nominations for vacant positions and positions that will become vacant on our Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Council, which advises the BLM on public land issues within the Pecos District, Las Cruces District, and Socorro Field Office.
We will consider nominations through April 4. Nominees will be selected based on their training, education, and knowledge of the Resource Advisory Council’s geographical area."
 
Find and review the applications here, a description of the two New Mexico Regional Advisory Councils here, and more information at BLM's web page for the Advisory Council.
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New Member? Returning Member? Dues Are Due!

GCAS Logo2022 is well underway and there's no better time to join the GCAS or renew your membership!

Membership runs from January through December of the current year. Our individual membership is $20 and our family membership is $30. Click through to this page to either renew online via our PayPal link, or to download, print, fill out our Membership form, and send it with a check by mail to: Grant County Archaeological Society, PO Box 1713, Silver City, NM 88062.

Thank you for joining us!

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