The Prohibition and Great Depression eras represent a fascinating point in US history. Recent archaeological investigations into the Capitol Complex Historic Neighborhood of Santa Fe examined the lives of New Mexico families living at 11 different structures during this period. Cultural materials collected were utilized to examine ethnic, socioeconomic, contextual, and temporal differences in consumption and discard patterns among residents of the individual structures and how these differences (or similarities) characterized the neighborhood. The conclusions will surprise you.

Matthew J. 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 from New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.