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The person who helped author the ordinance that protects St. Augustine’s rich archaeological history will be honored by the City Commission on January 28th. Dr. Stanley Bond will become the 31st recipient of the de Avilés Award during a brief presentation at the beginning of the commission’s meeting set to start at 5:00pm.
A renowned archaeologist, Bond, who is today the Chief Archaeologist for the National Park Service and Departmental Consulting Archaeologist for the Department of the Interior, devoted much of his early career to conducting archaeological surveys and excavations in St. Augustine and St. Johns County for the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board (HSAPB).
While at the HSAPB, Bond’s projects included work on St. George Street utility excavations, the Riberia Gardens site, and the Puente site; while county projects included the St. Johns County archaeological survey and excavations at the Crescent Beach, North Beach, and Sabate Plantation sites.
It was also while working with the HSAPB that Bond was instrumental in drafting the city’s original archaeology ordinance, one of the country’s most comprehensive. The ordinance requires that archaeological investigations be conducted on public and private properties before and during ground-penetrating construction activities. It applies to projects that occur within an archaeological zone and that exceed more than 100 sq. ft. in area and more than three inches in depth.
Since the adoption of the ordinance a quarter of a century ago, more than 650 archaeological projects have occurred, resulting in the documentation of 10,000 years of human history in the area that is today St. Augustine. In order to develop a cadre of citizen scientists to assist with archaeological projects in St. Augustine, Bond was a founding member and first president of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association. It is largely for Dr. Bond’s leadership in the creation of the archaeological ordinance that led to his being presented with the de Avilés Award.
The de Avilés Award was initiated by the commission in 1988 and, since 2002, has limited recipients to one per year. The guidelines specify that the recipient be one has been “...identified in the field of public service or those well-known and respected by the citizenry who have dedicated and honorable service to the community of St. Augustine and St. Johns County.” The award is named in honor of St. Augustine’s Sister City, Avilés, Asturias, Spain which is the birthplace of Don Pedro Menendez de Avilés who founded St. Augustine in 1565. For a list of past recipients of the de Avilés Award, click here.
Bond’s interest in early Spanish Florida was evident at the start of his career. Indeed, his doctoral dissertation reflected his interest. Titled Tradition and Change in First Spanish Period (1565-1764) St. Augustine, Florida Architecture: A Search for Colonial Identity, the work examined the role town planning and architecture played in the development of New World Spanish colonial identity. Bond’s work expanded beyond St. Augustine though, including field work on prehistoric and historic archaeological sites throughout the east, southeast, Caribbean, and Hawaii.
A native of Beaufort, South Carolina, Bond received a BA in Anthropology and a BS in Geology from the University of Alabama and a MA and PhD in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany.
He has also served as Archaeologist for the US Army Environmental Center; Integrated Resources Manager for Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii; Superintendent for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (California and Arizona); Superintendent for Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Cobb County, Georgia; and adjunct instructor at Flagler College here in St. Augustine. In 2001 Bond was awarded the Trish Patterson Student Conservation Association Award for Natural Resource Management in a Small Park. Dr. Bond lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland with his wife Kim Wiles and their two sons Will and Bryan.
The presentation will be at the beginning of St. Augustine City Commission’s regular meeting which begins at 5:00pm in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King Street. The public is invited, although seating is limited. The meeting, including the presentation, will be televised live via GTV, Comcast Channel 3. For more information on the de Avilés Award or the presentation, contact the Public Affairs office at 904.825.1004 or at email@example.com.