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!

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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Nominate Someone for the ASNM Bice Awards

A B 1 Bice Award Recipients Judy Welch and Barb RothThe annual Richard A. Bice Archaeological Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to advance the purpose of their local archaeological society/organization and the Archaeological Society of New Mexico's (ASNM's) goals of documenting, preserving and protecting the archaeological heritage of New Mexico. Nominees do not have to be professional archaeologists. We are proud to include several GCAS members among past Bice Award recipients: David G. Matthews – 2003, Mary Margaret Soulé – 2004, John Fitch – 2006, Marilyn Markel – 2007, Barbara J Roth – 2015 (photo, right), Judy (photo, left) and Carroll Welch – 2015, Kyle Meredith – 2017, and William Hudson – 2018.

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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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Nominate a GCAS Member To Be an ASNM Honoree

Doe  maybe  between 2 male figuresThe Archaeological Society of New Mexico is seeking nominations for an honoree to be named in the 2020 edition of the ASNM's Annual Volume. As Hayward Franklin's message below explains, the ASNM encourages GCAS members to nominate a deserving individual to our GCAS President, Kyle Meredith, so that in turn Kyle can contact the ASNM with a nomination on behalf of our group before the end of 2018.

You can learn more about the past honorees of the ASNM's Annual Volume here. Fewer than five weeks remain to nominate someone, so please read further and consider making it a priority to contact Kyle at kyyote@msn.com as soon as possible with your nomination!

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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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Turkey Tales

image from wildturkeyzone.com image from www.nwtfhuagoulds.org image from i0.wp.comAs the traditional US Thanksgiving feast is hard upon us and one's thoughts turn to a roast bird with all the trimmin's, one might pause to reflect on the turkeys of yore.

Archaeogenetecists have been hard at work collecting and analyzing the DNA of the remains of several dozen turkeys recovered from archaeological sites throughout Mexico and the US Southwest. The remains have been dated within ranges from 300 BCE to 1500 CE and they showed that several distinct species were raised in different regions of the Americas. These birds included the South Mexican wild turkey, the Rio Grande wild turkey (left photo), Gould's wild turkey (center), and the Yucatan's ocellated turkey (right).

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Field Trip to Frying Pan Canyon and Pony Hills

Frying Pan Canyon panel and vista Meem and Kyle at Frying Pan Meem shows Frying Pan chimeraA total of 15 GCAS members, a few of the membership-curious, and three canine companions gathered for the GCAS’s November 4, 2018, field trip to examine the petroglyphs in Frying Pan Canyon and Pony Hills near Deming. We enjoyed stellar weather: sunny to partly-cloudy, a high temp of about 75F, with just enough of a breeze to keep the dust down.

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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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A New Series

image from cdn-images-1.medium.comYour Faithful Webmaster is embarking upon a recurring series of blog posts featuring anthropologists, ethnologists,  and archaeologists whose work focuses on the GCAS’s special area of interest:  Mimbres-Mogollon culture and how it relates to the world as a whole. We plan to feature a different anthro/ethno/archaeologist in a short blog post about once every two months. We want to introduce their background and work to a (hopefully) broader readership than is found in the scholarly community; and to encourage the reader to learn more. We believe the more lightly educated among us should have the opportunity to appreciate the dedication and perseverance of this particular group of scientists. None of them became multimillionaires by doing dirt work. They’re in it for the love of the game.

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