NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6PM: the GCAS is thrilled to announce this year's first general meeting IN PERSON at 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. Skip social time if you like but our Featured Speaker, the WNMU Museum's new Director and archaeologist, Danielle Romero, makes her presentation on Elk Ridge Ceramics at 7PM sharp. Danielle, a ceramics specialist with years of investigating Mimbres and other sites, will make her topic most engaging. Read more about Danielle here. 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, June 5, 2022 - Park Service-guided visit to TJ Ruin at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Meet at the Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center parking lot no later than 10:50 am, tour to begin at 11:00 am. Drive north on Highway 15/Pinos Altos Rd for about 45 miles from US 180 in Silver City. Drive can take as much as 2 hours! Site is reached via a short hike to the top of a 100 ft bluff. Site is not shaded! Dogs are not allowed on the site and cannot be left in vehicles or tied up in the parking lot. NOTE: the area is currently experiencing heavy smoke impacts from the Black Fire. Check this website and the Park Service website at (Alerts) the day before/morning of the field trip to see current status of the field trip and area conditions. Remember, to protect vulnerable resources we offer our field trips to members only. Members’ invited guests are welcome, as long as they ride in that member’s vehicle.

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 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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Pre-Register for the Tularosa Basin Conference!

Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5, 2022: the Tularosa Basin Conference will be held in Ruidoso at the Convention Center. Pre-registration required as seating will be limited: $35 for adults, $25 for seniors and students. Current JRI members pre-register at $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. Keynote speaker on the evening of June 2 is Deni Seymour, PhD/JRI Research Associate, who will describe her recent discovery of a series of sites that she firmly associates with an alternate route the 1540 Coronado Expedition used for travel into southern Arizona. June 3 and 4 offer a series of presentations on topics associated with the Tularosa Basin, Sierra Blanca Region, and Ruidoso. June 5 will offer guided tours to various sites and points of historic interest. Space will be limited so sign up early for the tour of your choice. Watch the Jornada Research Institute's website for conference updates as they develop, including a registration flier/return slip, details on Deni Seymour's keynote speech, and tour information.

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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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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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Archaeology Southwest's Free Zoom Series on Avian Archaeology

Our friends at Archaeology Southwest continue the last two of their FREE online Zoom presentations in their Avian Archaeology season. Set the dates and register soon:

Turkey-hen-with-poultApril 5, 2022, 6:00PM MST: “A Rafter of Burials: Sapa’owingeh Turkey Interments” offered by Rachel Burger (Southern Methodist University). More info and registration here.

May 3, 2022, 6:00PM MST: Archaeology Southwest closes their Avian Archaeology season with "Birds of the Sun: Macaws, Parrots, and People" - presented by Christopher W. Schwartz (Arizona State University), Patricia A. Gilman (University of Oklahoma) and Stephen Plog (Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia). More info and registration here.


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Two Upcoming Special Zoom Lectures

In April and May, 2022, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center will present two free Zoom lectures that relate to our very own back yard: imagery of the Mimbres Valley; and the ongoing archaeological excavations at Elk Ridge. Mark your calendars for these two dates!

The first offering is on Thursday April 21, 2022, 7:00-8:30PM, ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time (same as Pacific Daylight Time), online via Zoom: it's Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” free program featuring The Mimbres Twins and the Rabbit in the Moon by archaeologist Marc Thompson, PhD.

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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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BREAKING: New Evidence of Coronado Expedition's Route Through Arizona

Seymour and wall gunWe of the GCAS tip our hats to geologist/archaeologist Andrew R Gomolak! He kindly submitted to us an article and links to a series of short YouTube videos presenting Deni Seymour's findings from her archaeological excavations of the first sites in Arizona that can be attributed to the Coronado Expedition of 1539-1542. Andrew advises that the following materials are public information, with no restrictions on distribution; having enjoyed them ourselves we present them here for all our readers. Deni Seymour's work appears to be a monumental step forward in determining the Coronado Expedition's exact route through southern Arizona.

Andrew forwarded to us Deni's own description of her research:

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