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Salon El Zaguán: Tim Maxwell on A Brief History of Santa Fe’s Archaeological Ordinance

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A Brief History of Santa Fe’s Archaeological Ordinance
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 3pm
Historic Santa Fe Foundation
545 Canyon Rd, Ste 2
Santa Fe NM 87501

Historic Santa Fe Foundation presents the March Salon El Zaguán monthly lecture series with Tim Maxwell on A Brief History of Santa Fe’s Archaeological Ordinance on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 3pm at Historic Ssanta Fe Foundation's El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Rd, Ste 2, Santa Fe. There is no charge for admission for HSFF members and a non-members entry fee is $10. Membership information on HSFF's Join & Give page.

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Tim Maxwell is director emeritus of the Museum of New Mexico, Office of Archaeological Studies. He has been involved in local preservation since the mid-1980s and co-authored the city’s archaeological protection ordinance when a member of the Historic Design Review Board. He served as president of the Old Santa Fe Association and joined the HSFF board in 2015. Along with colleagues, he worked on the passage of New Mexico legislation recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with the John H. Chaffee Trustee Award for Achievement, as well as receiving the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Preservation. 

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Dr. Maxwell has worked in Southwest archaeology for 40 years, from New Mexico to Arizona to northern Mexico. He is currently involved in studies in Mexico, working with Mexican collaborators and U.S. laboratories to identify the sources of turquoise found in Mexico. In October 2018, Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia released a book on the research of Tim and his Mexican colleagues in the northwest region of Mexico. He was a part-time instructor at the Santa Fe Community College and was selected as a Fulbright Scholar for archaeological research in Mexico. Dr. Maxwell is a past president of the New Mexico Archeological Council, served on the State Cultural Properties Review Committee, and on committees of the Society for American Archaeology.

Santa Fe was the first municipality in the nation to have a comprehensive ordinance to protect archaeological sites and resources when encountered during construction or development planning. City fathers recognized the value of the city’s traditional and historic architecture shortly after statehood in 1912, but it took another 75 years to acknowledge the value of the past under the city’s streets. Archaeologists now know that the Santa Fe locale had people living here by at least 4,000 BC. Downtown Santa Fe and the banks of the Santa Fe River were inhabited by several small communities in the 1200s and later.

Tim Maxwell will talk about the early efforts to preserve Santa Fe’s character and the evolution of ordinances leading to archaeological protections. In the mid- to late-1980s, there were two important episodes in downtown expansion that helped prompt the establishment of the archaeological law. Dr. Maxwell was involved in both and will cover them in the talk.