Matt Barbour

Matt BarbourMatt Barbour
Research associate and former OAS project director
(575) 829-3530

I was exposed at an early age to archaeological and historical sites living on Boston's North Shore, in Panama's Canal Zone, and on the plains of New Mexico's Estancia Basin. As a family, we visited Fort Sewall, Bunker Hill, Plymouth Rock, Panama Vieja, Colon, Drake's Island, Chaco Canyon, Fort Union, and the Palace of the Governors, to name a few. I cannot imagine having become anything other than a historical archaeologist.

At UNM I got my first taste of fieldwork under Ann Ramenofsky at San Marcos in the summer of 2000. Later that same year, I traveled to Poland and for the Museum of First Piasts on two sites east of Poznan, Ostrow Lednicki and Giecz.

I received a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in history from UNM in 2002. A week later I began work for TRC in Albuquerque, where I primarily did surveys of BLM land in and around Pinos Altos. OAS was about to begin excavations behind the Palace of the Governors when I came to work here in October of that year. I have had the privilege of working on all of our large-scale projects in downtown Santa Fe.

In 2010 I received an M.A. in anthropology at the University of New Mexico through the Public Archaeology Program. Recently I have completed fieldwork on five sites south of Tres Piedras, and at the Santa Fe Civic Center (El Pueblo de Santa Fe). In my down time, I am active in the Archaeological Society of New Mexico, the New Mexico Archaeological Council, the Society for Industrial Archaeology, and the Society for Historical Archaeology.

I am now serving as the Director of Jemez State Monument, which encompasses the beautiful site of Gisewa Pueblo and the 17th century San José de los Jemez Mission Church, located just north of Jemez Springs on New Mexico Higway 4. More information on Jemez State Monument can be found on the New Mexico State Monument's Jemez State Monument page. The Monument is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 8:30 until 5:00, so please stop by for a visit.