NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 21, 2022, starting at 5PM: The GCAS monthly IN-PERSON general meeting returns to 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. about a block or two south of the intersection of Memory Lane and Hwy 180. This holiday get-together starts a bit earlier this month at 5PM with a holiday potluck - so bring your most festive dish, along with your own plates/utensils/beverage. A short business meeting will begin at 6:00PM followed by a program of videos and photo albums of past GCAS field trips, and a small display of samples from recently donated artifacts. Watch this space for more details as they develop but plan now to join us! 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 4, 2022, at 10:00AM: The GCAS meets for this month's field trip at WNMU's Museum at Fleming Hall for a guided tour by museum director Danielle Romero. Come to view the new and innovative exhibits that Danni and her staff have already put on display, and hear about the museum's work in curating their vast collections. Ask about the museum's plans for future displays and how you can become involved in the process! For those unfamiliar, the entrance to the museum is across a small parking lot adjacent to the Aldo Leopold Charter School. From downtown Silver City, drive westbound along W 10th Street until it curves uphill and becomes N Louisiana Street right where the school and the museum are located, on the north side of the street. For more details, visit the museum's web page.) We'll see you there!

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A Holiday Occurrence

Stone_Calendar-RBMark your calendars for Wednesday December 21, 2022, at 5:00 PM, because it's the GCAS's annual holiday gathering - this year falling upon the date of the winter solstice itself! This special GCAS monthly in-person general meeting returns to 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico. about a block or two south of the intersection of Memory Lane and Hwy 180. Our get-together starts a bit earlier this month at 5PM with a holiday potluck - so bring your most festive dish for yourself or to share, along with your own plates/utensils/beverage. A short business meeting will begin at 6:00PM followed by a program of videos and photo albums of past GCAS field trips, and a small display of samples from recently donated artifacts. If you recognize a person or a place in a video or photo, please sing out! This is the time to tell us a story about what you've seen and who you know.

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.

Watch this space for more details as they develop but plan now to join us!

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December 4 Field Trip to WNMU Museum!

Dir photo DRomeroSet aside time on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 10:00AM - when the GCAS meets for this month's field trip at WNMU's Museum at Fleming Hall for a guided tour by museum director Danielle Romero. Come to view the new and innovative exhibits that Danni and her staff have already put on display, and hear about the museum's work in curating their vast collections. Ask about the museum's plans for future exhibits and how you can become involved in the process!

(For those unfamiliar, the entrance to the museum is across a small parking lot adjacent to the Aldo Leopold Charter School. From downtown Silver City, drive westbound along W 10th Street until it curves uphill and becomes N Louisiana Street right where the school and the museum are located, on the north side of the street. For more details, visit the museum's web page.) We'll see you there!

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November 16, 2022, Via Zoom: GCAS Monthly Meeting With Our Featured Speaker: Peggy Nelson

Peggy NelsonWednesday, November 16, 2022, 7:00PM via Zoom: Let's get together online for our monthly meeting. As usual we'll start with a brief-if-any business meeting to be immediately followed by our Featured Speaker and longtime GCAS friend and supporter, Margaret "Peggy" Nelson PhD. Peggy will share with us NEWS FROM THE EAST: Contributions to Understanding Mimbres Lives and Landscapes.

Join us on Zoom starting at 6:45 to get situated before Peggy begins her presentation at 7:00 PM sharp. A Q&A session will follow her talk. Check your email inbox for your Zoom invitation about one week beforehand, and join us to hear about Peggy's insights. Meanwhile, learn more about her and her archaeological career:

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Join in Some of Our Quick Projects!

Some GCAS members can only spare some random moments on a few occasions, so they assume they can't participate in many of our group's ongoing projects. However, we have activities suitable for anyone's time budget. This short list of GCAS opportunities can move along with as much - or as little - time as you have to spend:

  1. Match the dates and sites on our list of past field trips to photos in our archives! Chris explains a stone tool
  2. Check a former member's DVDs for the dates and the names of the archaeological sites he filmed, and match them to our list of “Specific Sites”!
  3. Identify the dates and sites of our collection of slides and match them to our list of “Specific Sites” or to our list of past field trips!
  4. Sort the potsherds and other artifacts in our lab’s artifact collections and add them to our inventory list! 103 - view 1  14x14 box  sherds  with coffee can inside
  5. Review and organize our small collection of topographic maps!
  6. Help sell our inventory of used and duplicate publications at local events, or develop an online store for them on our website!

Which project do you prefer? Call Marianne at 772-529-2627 or email gcasnm.org@gmail.com with a good day and time for you!

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Personnel Changes

GCAS LogoAs we approach the end of the calendar year, several of our GCAS officers and trustees are facing term limits. This offers all GCAS members - whether brand-new or long-term - the opportunity to fill the vacancies and keep our group moving forward.  Scroll below for a menu of the kinds of activities where you are needed the most, with a general idea of the time required to fulfill our group's mission. No experience necessary for any area – our current GCAS officers and board members are here to show you all the ropes!

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Upcoming Special GCAS Event!

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Library view 2 WHWednesday, October 19, 2022, time TBD: the GCAS general meeting offers an open house at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site! Come tour the Wood House, now with 5 fully rehabilitated rooms for the Mimbres Archaeological Research and Education Center (MAREC), a joint venture between the GCAS and the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation (IFWEF). Come early to walk the trails of the Mattocks archaeological site and tour the museum located in the Gooch House, then follow your GCAS and IFWEF guides through the Wood House to inspect the latest action in the GCAS library and lab (plenty of fun projects for GCAS members*), and check out the rest of the MAREC facility our two groups offer to visiting archaeologists and students of all ages -- some of whom have already used our space to great success! If time allows, our monthly meeting will also have a Featured Speaker and/or a slide show. Stay tuned as time and other details coalesce.

21 - MM and MKM sherd shelves test 1* Sherds! Artifacts! Photos! Videos! And more!

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GCAS Monthly Meeting In Person! Our September 21, 2022, Featured Speaker: Neal Ackerly

Lake_valley_NM_ca1880s_449112September 21, 2022, 7:00PM - This month's GCAS meeting is in person at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley). Start at 6PM with your own plates/utensils/beverage & a dish for yourself or to share. Brief general meeting at 6:45 PM. At 7:00 PM sharp we welcome our Featured Speaker, Silver City archaeologist Neal Ackerly, who will speak about the mines of Lake Valley including the Bridal Chamber Mine which contained one of the richest silver veins ever discovered. Join us as Neal explains:

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June 15, 2022: GCAS Monthly Meeting In Person With Our Featured Speaker: Amanda Semanko

Asemanko-nmsuPlease join our GCAS monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, when our Featured Speaker, Amanda Semanko, visits our group at the Roundup Lodge.

The evening starts at 6PM with your own plates/utensils/beverage & a dish for yourself or to share, followed by a brief discussion of general GCAS business at 6:45 PM. Amanda begins her feature presentation at 7:00PM sharp. Amanda may select from a wide range of topics to share with us including her past analysis of a dog burial at Kipp Ruin; her current research establishing a Mimbres strontium baseline; and/or her dissertation project on turkeys and turkey feather artifacts. Whichever direction the presentation takes us, please join us and Amanda for an informative and entertaining evening! In order to offer Amanda and 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.

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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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Online Via Zoom: Our March 16, 2022, Featured Speaker, Scott Nicolay

Scott_nicolay_March 16, 2022, 6:45PM via Zoom: This month's GCAS general meeting features archaeologist and PhD candidate Scott Nicolay. Specific topic TBD so watch this space for updates. (Teaser: a discussion of the ritual use of caves in the prehistoric Northwest Mexico/Southwest US region may be involved.)

Scott works with Dr. Holley Moyes out of the University of California at Merced in examining the ritual use of caves in prehistory. Scott's research interrogates the archaeological record of ceremonial caves from the prehistoric U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico in order to interpret major social, political and religious reorganizations that repeatedly swept the region prior to European contact, and how these shifts mesh both with prehistoric climactic change and contemporaneous events in the Mesoamerica core and periphery.

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