Community Archaeologist Joins Historic Sites in New Mexico

Elisabeth Stone, the new Regional Director of Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. Courtesy/NMHS

NMHS News:

New Mexico Historic Sites (NMHS) has appointed a new Regional Manager for Coronado Historic Site (CHS) and Jemez Historic Site (JHS): Dr. Elisabeth Stone, an accomplished archaeologist working throughout New Mexico with a focus on justice, community and collaboration.

Stone took over the role on October 17.

“DR. Stone joins our remarkable team at CHS and JHS,” said Patrick Moore, Executive Director of NMHS. “She brings an incredible set of skills that can directly support our new interpretive plan at CHS and engage our community stakeholders at JHS .”

Stone holds a PhD in Anthropology from UNM with a concentration in Archeology and an MA in Anthropology and Museology with a concentration in Museum Education. In addition, she has extensive training and experience in visitor studies and building equity in interpretation and museum practice.

Stone has worked in archaeological, historical, and outdoor education throughout New Mexico, including Four Corners, Las Cruces, and the Central Rio Grande Valley, curating exhibits on subjects ranging from New Mexico’s culinary history to quilting practices, women’s rights, and activism is enough. Beyond New Mexico, she has worked at the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne and has conducted archaeological research and museum interpretation in museums in Mexico, Spain, Peru, France and Hungary, and the United States.

Her archaeological research focuses on bone tools, particularly those used in basket-making, weaving, dressing, and sewing. She is interested in archaeological research that sheds light on the life and work of the elderly and children, and the archeology of everyday life.

Stone is deeply committed to community-led action and interpretation. She seeks ways to nurture the wisdom and knowledge that exists in our communities through collaborative programming, interpretation, and planning.

“I look forward to learning about the communities involved in Coronado and Jemez historical sites and how they think about history and relationships,” Stone said. “With the wonderful staff who are deeply connected to these communities and have exceptional knowledge of the sites and local history, these sites are an anchoring resource for the community that provides ample opportunities for meaningful conversation and learning. I am so glad to be here and to be able to take part in these conversations.”

About Historic Sites in New Mexico

Historic Sites in New Mexico is a department of Department of Cultural Affairs, under the direction of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its donors. The New Mexico Historic Sites System was established by a 1931 statute designed to preserve New Mexico’s scientific resources. The eight historic sites include Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Stanton, Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site, Jemez, Lincoln, and Los Luceros.