NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, February 16, 2022, online via Zoom at 7PM: the GCAS general meeting features Cody Dalpra M.A., R.P.A., District Archaeologist for the Las Cruces District Office of the Bureau of Land Management. Cody will discuss Landscapes of the Past American Southwest: Cultural Meaning from Ethnographic Viewshed Analysis. Cody will illustrate how visually prominent landforms throughout the US Southwest, including southern New Mexico, influenced cultural, settlement, and mobility patterns among Native American populations prior to the completion of the railroad in 1881. As usual, about a week beforehand watch your email inbox for the Zoom link to join us to hear about Cody's research and different ways of seeing the landscapes around us.

NEXT FIELD TRIP = TBA - watch this space for details as they develop.

Puebloan Culture

Online Via Zoom: Our January 19, 2022, Featured Speaker, David Greenwald

DGreenwaldWednesday, January 19, 2022, 7:00 PM via Zoom: GCAS general meeting features speaker David Greenwald of the nonprofit Jornada Research Institute. Dave will present Archaeoastronomy of the Great Kivas in Tularosa Canyon and describe how his and John Groh's recent studies - most comprehensively at Creekside Village but also at the Great, Great Kiva Site and the Twin Kivas Site - show that great kivas in Tularosa Canyon were used as celestial observatories tied to landmarks and horizon features to monitor the annual cycle of the sun, lunar cycles, and possibly cycles of other celestial objects.

David Greenwald has been an archaeologist for over 45 years. He has spent most of his career conducting cultural resource management projects in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and West Texas. Beginning his career at the Museum at Texas Tech University, he later joined the Archaeology Department at Arizona State University to work on various Hohokam sites in the Phoenix Basin. For several years during the 1980s he worked on Anasazi, Mogollon and Hohokam excavation projects while at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and continuing his graduate work at Northern Arizona University. Dave served for three years on the Dolores Archaeological Program for the University of Colorado in the Mesa Verde area on what became the largest archaeological excavation project in the United States. In 2001 he and his wife, Dawn, started Four Corners Research, a consulting firm headquartered in Tularosa, New Mexico. Living along the Rio Tularosa, Dave's interest in the area's archaeological richness led to his founding of the Jornada Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to ongoing research of our cultural and natural resources while engaging the public to appreciate the significance of archaeological sites. Dave serves as the President of the Jornada Research Institute and Director of the Rio Tularosa Research Program.

Look for the Zoom link in your email a few days before the Zoom meeting, then join us online at about 6:45 PM to get settled. Dave will begin his talk at 7:00 PM sharp. We'll see you there!


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A New Article by Thatcher Rogers

TRogersThe GCAS's own Thatcher Rogers has shared with us a link to his recently published article in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology that describes the latest stage of his ongoing archaeological research into the connections between the Mimbres and Casas Grandes cultures. Thatcher wrote that the GCAS's Nancy Coinman Grant Award that he received in 2019 helped him collect some of the data and images he used in this article. We are thrilled that our group could contribute to research like Thatcher's.

Thatcher continues,

My paper is titled: Ancestral relations and late prehispanic dynamics between the Mimbres and Casas Grandes cultures of the American Southwest/Mexican Northwest region

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Online Via Zoom: Our October 20, 2021, Featured Speaker, Thatcher Rogers

TRogersOur GCAS monthly meeting in October will be a Zoom function offered by our Featured Speaker, GCAS member and Jornada Research Institute Research Associate, Thatcher Rogers. He will present "Becoming a 'Pueblo': Late Prehispanic Shifts in the Sierra Blanca as Viewed from Robinson Pueblo" - reflecting his investigations in the Northern Jornada Mogollon (Lincoln) area. As usual, expect your Zoom link via email about a week prior to the meeting, then hop online about 6:45 PM on October 20 to get settled. Thatcher will begin his talk at 7PM sharp, describing:

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Three Turkey Tales

GouldsSet aside the following dates in your calendar to enjoy Archaeology Southwest's upcoming series of three monthly presentations on the significance of turkeys in the US Southwest's archaeological record. Any one of these lectures would be well worth your while, and attending all three would be just grand:

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Want Some Chocolate? Calendar This August 31 Zoom Lecture!

Chaco_vessels_cacaoA mere 2 days from now, on Tuesday August 31, 2021, at 7 PM Central Daylight Time, and free online via Zoom, Dr. Michael Ruggeri, Professor Emeritus from the City Colleges of Chicago, presents “Mesoamerica/Ancient Southwest Chocolate Trade,” sponsored by the Aztlan Listserv. He will explain that although trade between Mesoamerica and the ancient Southwest in macaws, parrot feathers, copper bells, turquoise, turkeys, and pottery has been well known to archaeologists, they have only recently become aware of the large chocolate trade that began in about the 9th century.

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Virtual Tour of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs

IMG_0711Until you can schedule a trip to the Santa Fe/Espanola area to see the Mesa Prieta petroglyphs for yourself, please enjoy a virtual tour courtesy of the Archaeological Conservancy's Virtual Tour Series. To date the Archaeological Conservancy has released four episodes showcasing some of the sites they have acquired for preservation and protection. They are all worth your time.

Scroll down at this link to check out Episodes 1 through 3, but Episode 4 is the one that is all about petroglyphs the like you have never seen before. It features their Wells Petroglyph Preserve narrated by their archaeologist, Chester Liwosz, and former owner/donor/founder of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, Katherine Wells. If time permits you can watch the full hour-long virtual tour here, or see the same episode in four shorter segments by clicking here.

Of course, the Archaeological Conservancy also has an ongoing Virtual Lecture Series to keep you apprised of the latest in research. Get busy!

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2021's First GCAS Field Trip!

2021 Arch Fair 1 2021 Arch Fair 5It's been a long time coming - 16 months to be exact - but the GCAS field trip program is gradually reemerging from its Pandemic Pause. Our group jumped at the chance to inaugurate our New Normal by visiting the Gila River Farm archaeological site near Cliff, New Mexico, on June 26, 2021. Our group's friend, Dr. Karen Schollmeyer of Archaeology Southwest, and her field school crew shared with us the latest results of their work at their annual Archaeology Fair.

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