Ethan Ortega

Los Luceros Historic Site


Ethan Ortega
Site Manager

Ethan Ortega joined New Mexico Historic Sites in 2014 as a Ranger, became an Instructional Coordinator in 2017, and then Regional Manager in 2019.  In his current role, Ortega oversees staff and operations at Los Luceros Historic Site which is a 148-acre property located in in Alcade, New Mexico.  The site is comprised of 13 structures (five of which are considered historic), a 1,200-tree apple orchard, numerous agricultural fields, and an assortment of ranch animals. Ortega’s experience includes archaeological excavations and surveys in Spain and throughout the American Southwest. Recent honors include the Edgar Lee Hewett Award (2017), the Bice Award for Archaeological Excellence (2017), the Cordell/Powers Prize for Young Archaeologists (2017), and a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (presented to “Dig Giusewa” 2018). Ortega holds a B.S. in Anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University and a M.S. in Museum Studies from the University of New Mexico.

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