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Beaufort native honored by city of St. Augustine

Stanley C. Bond Jr.
Stanley C. Bond Jr. Submitted Photo

Thanks to the city of St. Augustine, Fla., for sharing the news of a Beaufort native honored for aiding its historical preservation.

Stanley C. Bond Jr., a fourth-generation Beaufort native and graduate of Beaufort Academy, was honored by the St. Augustine city commission last week. He is the son of Stanley C. Bond Sr. of Beaufort.

The city of St. Augustine sent the following news release:

The person who helped author the ordinance that protects St. Augustine's rich archaeological history become the 31st recipient of the de Avilès Award during a brief presentation at the beginning of the city commission's meeting Jan. 28.

Stanley C. Bond Jr., 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.

While working with the board, 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 square feet 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 Bond's leadership in the creation of the archaeological ordinance that led to his being presented with the de Avilès Award.

The de Avilès 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, Avilès, Asturias, Spain, which is the birthplace of Don Pedro Menendez de Avilès, who founded St. Augustine in 1565.

Bond's interest in early Spanish Florida was evident at the start of his career. It was reflected in his doctoral dissertation, "Tradition and Change in First Spanish Period (1565-1764) St. Augustine, Florida Architecture: A Search for Colonial Identity." It 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.

Bond received a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Alabama and a master's degree and doctorate in anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany.

He has also served as archaeologist for the U.S. 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, Ga.; and adjunct instructor at Flagler College in St. Augustine.

In 2001, Bond was awarded the Trish Patterson Student Conservation Association Award for natural resource management in a small park.

He now lives in Montgomery Village, Md., with his wife, Kim Wiles, and their two sons Will and Bryan.

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