NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 6PM: The GCAS monthly in-person general meeting returns to 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 before introducing the evening's feature presentation by the GCAS's friend Dr. Bob Stokes, chair of ENMU's Archaeology Department, who will present his team's Preliminary Results from ENMU's 2021 Summer Field School at the Mares Rockshelter, a Jornada Mogollon Site along the Lower Rio Grande near Radium Springs. Watch this space and follow our blog for any adjustments of times, potluck procedures, etc. 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: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10:00AM-12:00PM noon, is the GCAS's traditional "July" field trip! Visit the 2022 Archaeology Fair hosted by Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona's Preservation Archaeology Field School at Gila River Farm in Cliff, New Mexico. The public is welcome and it's free of charge, so join GCAS members in learning about the project team's current archaeological investigations. Eye-catching informational exhibits will be on display, and the project team will offer hands-on activities to visitors of all ages. From the junction of Highways 180 and 211 in Cliff, drive 1 mile north, keep left (north) on Highway 293 and drive to Mile Marker 4. Just past MM 4, turn right into a driveway with a small sign that says, "Gila River Farm." Please use the parking area next to the large building down the driveway. Contact Archaeology Southwest with further questions. Safety measures will be in place, so please be prepared to wear a mask and keep a safe distance. See you at the Fair!

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2022 Mogollon Conference in Tucson

Wild cholla 2Archaeological conferences are returning in full swing during 2022 and we couldn't be happier. This year's Mogollon Conference is set for Friday, November 4, 2022, thru Saturday, November 5, 2022, in the Student Union building on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona. Go here for details on registration, the Call for Papers (deadline is September 2, 2022), Conference Schedule, and more as they develop. Register before October 1, 2022, for a sweet early-bird discount. There will be a reception (cost estimated at $50-$65) hosted by Archaeology Southwest on the evening of Thursday, November 3, 2022, which offers an excellent opportunity for students to mix with faculty and the rest of the professional community.

Finally, please re-check the Mogollon Conference website for periodic updates. We'll see you in Tucson!

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Announcing the 2022 Mogollon Conference in Tucson, Arizona

Wild cholla 2This year's Mogollon Conference resumes a live format and is set for Friday, November 4, 2022, thru Saturday, November 5, 2022, in the Student Union building on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona. Go here for details on the Call for Papers (deadline is September 2, 2022), Conference Schedule, and more as they develop. Register before October 1, 2022, for a sweet early-bird discount. There will be a reception, free of charge to all attendees, hosted by Archaeology Southwest on the evening of Thursday, November 3, 2022, which offers an excellent opportunity for students to mix with faculty and the rest of the professional community.

Finally, please periodically re-check the Conference website for updates as they happen. We'll see you in Tucson!

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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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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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Upcoming Workshop in Utah: "Painting Pottery the Ancient Way"

CaverpaintingIf you plan to travel to the Blanding, Utah area in late September, you may want to join a special one-day ceramics event on Thursday, September 23, 2021, to precede this year's Southwest Kiln Conference. It's a one-afternoon workshop in ancient ceramics painting techniques hosted by Cherylene Caver and Tori Hoopes, both accomplished ceramics replicators. Their announcement for "Painting Pottery the Ancient Way" describes,

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A Couple Quick Virtual Tours of Petroglyphs

MpppThe Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project in Velarde, New Mexico, recently added to their website two short virtual tours of some select petroglyphs under their protection. If you cannot travel to tour Mesa Prieta in person, these virtual tours give you a taste of how unique the site with its 100,000+ petroglyphs truly is. Descriptive text accompanies these virtual images, which can be rotated in 3D for enhanced viewing pleasure. Check out their Heraldic Lions Tour or their Shields and Shield Bearers Tour, then follow the link to their Sketchfab page to have fun with even more 3D petroglyph images!

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Set the Date: El Paso Museum of Archaeology Reopens June 24!

EPMuseumArchThe El Paso Museum of Archaeology reopens on June 24, 2021, with a new schedule. Anyone can visit from Thursdays through Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and admission is free.

The Museum announces that their regular galleries will be open as well as their special exhibition, “From the Edge of Center: The Chacoan Outliers.” Visitors to the special exhibit will enjoy artifacts from the Museum's permanent collection as well as items from the Salmon Ruins near Farmington, New Mexico, on loan from the San Juan County Museum Association.

For more information contact Jeff Romney at 915-755-4332 or romneyjk@elpasotexas.gov.

Perhaps a GCAS field trip to El Paso is in order?

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Interactive Fun with the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project

Kwells and friendThe Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project in Velarde, New Mexico, has produced a virtual tour of their extensive site that anyone can enjoy. You may have to navigate through one or two screens on this link, or perhaps this link, but it is worth a few minutes of your time to see glimpses of this very unique and important site. If you have never visited the site you will enjoy this brief introduction to it. If you have already visited in person you will be thrilled to see some of its highlights again.

Please also consider sending a donation to the MPPP to support their preservation efforts. Once it becomes feasible for public health you may consider visiting the site yourself. Plan a few days, as there are 6 different trails among the petroglyphs to sign up with a docent to see!

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