Los Luceros Historic Site is an amazing location to explore in northern New Mexico. For many, its history begins with the Martin Serrano family in the 18th century, but this fails to account for the archaeological record and oral tradition of the indigenous peoples. Matt Barbour expands upon the narrative by placing the site in a broader cultural context and exploring the evidence for Spanish occupation at Los Luceros prior to the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
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 of 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 nonfiction articles and monographs.