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.

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Online via Zoom: Our August 19, 2020, Featured Speaker: Allen Dart

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7:00 PM, online via Zoom: the GCAS welcomes our Featured Speaker, Allen Dart, archaeologist with the US Natural Resources Conservation Service in Phoenix and founder/Executive Director of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center in Tucson. His  evening's topic: "Old Time Religion? The Salado Phenomenon in the U.S. Southwest." Join us to hear about how:

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GCAS Membership Dues Increase Imminent

Effective on July 1, 2020 - that's next month, people - the GCAS general membership voted unanimously to increase our annual dues from $15 (individual) and $25 (household) to $20 (individual) and $30 (household). For some context, this is the first time we have increased our dues since 2002 and it brings us more in line with our affiliate organizations.

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GCAS February Field Trip - Providence Cone

2020_02_02 TG - Providence Cone Field TripProvidence Cone is located east of Deming, jutting upward from the surrounding flatlands. Locals know it as Rattlesnake Peak and there is a good reason for that name. As long as one stays alert Providence Cone makes for a good wintertime field trip as twenty-eight hardy GCAS members demonstrated on February 2, 2020.

Features of interest in the easier, more level portions of the area include a few difficult-to-find petroglyphs and grinding holes, and an area of rubbing rocks where megafauna like mastodon and bison groomed themselves some 10,000 years ago.

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Our January 15, 2020, Featured Speaker: Joseph A. Bryce

Joseph.brycePlease welcome our first Featured Speaker of 2020, our own Joseph A. Bryce. He will discuss "Experimental Archaeology: What and Why." He explains:

Experimental archaeology is one of the many methods that can help us understand more about
artifacts, how they were made and used, and what role the played in peoples life. While experimental archaeology can have many meanings, it is mostly used to describes replicating artifacts or conducting actions in the present that help us understand the archaeological record. Replicating artifacts often reveals new information and even details that were not expected. During this presentation I will describe several experiments that I have conducted: what started them, how they were conducted, and what was learned.

Joseph Bryce is the curator at the Silver City Museum. He holds masters in Anthropology and Museum Studies. He has worked on excavation and survey projects in the Great Basin, American Southwest and Midwest, Mexico, and Jordan. His archaeological interests include ceramics, perishable artifacts, experimental replications, and using digital technologies in archaeology.

Everyone is welcome to hear Joseph's presentation at our January 15 meeting. We'll see you there!

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The Big Fun GCAS Holiday Party

Party gets thumbs up all around Pat and Mary Margaret ponder white elephant giftsOn the evening of December 18, 2019, the GCAS continued its unbroken streak of throwing an end-of-year Christmas/Holiday Potluck Party and Fabulous White Elephant Gift Exchange that all attendees claimed was a good time indeed. As is customary, Josh Reeves and President Kyle Meredith hosted the event at their Casa Otra, often used as GCAS Party HQ. Thanks again for your hospitality, Kyle and Josh!

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Images from the 2019 Mimbres Harvest Festival

0928191127Thanks to today's guest photographer, Chris Overlock, all of cyberspace can now share in the GCAS's exploits at our archaeology booth on September 28, 2019, at the Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival. [Photo by C. Overlock. L to R: G. Conlin, M. Gendron, M.Smith.]

Our Marilyn Markel outdid herself in providing 33 local children a hands-on series of fun projects in experimental archaeology. The volunteers running the GCAS booth introduced passers-by to our group's activities and encouraged them to examine our archaeological information displays.

LtoR MGendron  GConlin  MSmith  MMarkelSales proceeds from GCAS T-shirts have been earmarked for our educational programs during the 2019-2020 school year. The funds generated by our used-book sales will be spent by our GCAS Library to replace scientific volumes that have either been damaged or lost. For this, the GCAS is grateful to all the visitors to our Harvest Festival booth for supporting our volunteer programs with their purchases. Thank you all so very much - we'll see you at next year's Harvest Festival! [Photo by C. Overlock. L to R: M. Gendron, G. Conlin, M. Smith, M. Markel.]

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Our October 16 Featured Co-Speaker, Leon Natker

Leon Natker via LNThe GCAS is excited to welcome two featured co-speakers to our next general meeting on Wednesday evening, October 16, 2019. We invite the general public and all GCAS members to come to 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico, to hear a special presentation on "Katsinam, Clouds, and Kivas: Evidence of the Origins of Katsinam Culture." This presentation is FREE.

Our General Meeting begins at 6:00 PM. The public is invited to attend our meeting as well as the presentation that follows. Light refreshments provided. Our featured co-speakers are Ramson Lomatewama and Leon Natker. For a preview of their presentation, go to this previous post. And now, please meet Leon Natker:

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Our October 16 Featured Co-Speaker, Ramson Lomatewama

RamsonL via CCACThe GCAS is excited to welcome not one, but two featured co-speakers to our next general meeting on Wednesday evening, October 16, 2019. We invite the general public as well as all GCAS members to come to 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico, to hear a special presentation on "Katsinam, Clouds, and Kivas: Evidence of the Origins of Katsinam Culture." This presentation is FREE.

Our General Meeting begins at 6:00 PM. The public is invited to attend our meeting as well as the presentation that follows. Light refreshments provided. Our featured co-speakers are Ramson Lomatewama (Hopi Third Mesa; Katsina father and multimedia artist), and Leon Natker (archaeologist and executive director of the Mesa Historical Museum, AZ). For a preview of their presentation, go to this previous post. And now, please meet Ramson Lomatewama:

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