Late Antiquity is a term used to characterize Europe, the Mediterranean, and Near East between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. This era was a time of profound cultural, political, military, and religious change as old empires evolved and new ethnic groups emerged to reshape the historical narrative. Barbour provides a broad overview of the period, examining the decline of the Roman Empire and the rise of Islam.

Matthew Barbour holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from UNM and works for the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. He is the regional manager at Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. Under Barbour’s management, Coronado Historic Site received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History and the Jemez Historic Site received the Archaeology Heritage Preservation Award. He has published more than 200 non-fiction articles and monographs.