Topic ID #36519 - posted 12/23/2015 7:59 AM

Berry Site Field School at Fort San Juan: Summer 2016 in North Carolina


The Burning of Fort San Juan
Archaeology Field School
at the Berry Site
June 6- July 1, 2016
Morganton, NC

Excavation of Fort San Juan, 1567-1568, the First European Settlement in the Interior of the United States

Help to discover evidence of Fort San Juan, one of the most important 16th-century colonial forts in the southeast.  Students will gain hands-on experience in archaeological field techniques including excavation, wet and dry screening, record keeping, and mapping.  Fort San Juan was built at the Native American town of Joara in January 1567 and destroyed 18 months later in May 1568.  Over the past 15 years, archaeologists at the Berry site have discovered 5 burned buildings, a Native American mound, and the fort moat, all evidence of Joara and Fort San Juan.

What was life like for these Spanish soldiers living among Native Americans? What happened to the Spanish soldiers who lived there?  This summer we hope to discover more clues to answer these and other questions as we investigate the Spanish fort and the Native American mound at Joara.

Are you a college student who needs to complete a field school for your academic major... or retired and always dreamed of working on an archaeological site?  A high school student fascinated with the past?  Have a full-time job but want to spend a special week in the summer to explore your secret passion?  The Warren Wilson College Summer Archaeology Field School may be just the right experience for you!

The Warren Wilson summer field school is designed to accomodate full or part-time college students as well as members of the public from across the country with our variable, weekly registration.  Please see registration information below and register online at  The project is led by Dr. David Moore (Warren Wilson College), Dr. Robin Beck (University of Michigan), and Dr. Christopher Rodning (Tulane University).

June 6-July 1, Morganton, NC
Register for 1-4 weeks, for college credit or as a volunteer.
$340 per week as a volunteer/non-credit participant.
$667 per week, for credit. (1 credit per week).
Find more details and registration online at
No Experience Necessary.


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