Established with the conquest of Santa Fe by General Kearny in 1846, the Fort Marcy Military Reservation served as the military and administrative center for the Territory of NM throughout much of the nineteenth century. Excavations conducted recently have revealed a plethora of archaeological finds associated with the reservation, such as foundations of the fort’s structures, plumbing/sewage systems, and pits of kitchen and domestic refuse. These materials have begun to paint a picture of life at the military reservation in Santa Fe.

Matthew Barbour holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from UNM and works for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Currently, Barbour is the Regional Manager of Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. Throughout his career, he has published over 200 nonfiction articles and monographs. Under Barbour, Coronado Historic Site received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History and Jemez Historic Site received the Archaeology Heritage Preservation Award from New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.