Thanks to all who visited and helped with the 13th annual Field Day at the Berry site sponsored this year by Burke County Travel & Tourism. Despite two rounds of rain, the last of which shut us down, we still had over 500 visitors tour the Berry site and see the work being done by the Warren Wilson College and Western Piedmont Community College field schools. Visitors were also able to see booths for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Catawba Indian Nation, History Museum of Burke County, Schiele Museum, Discovery Place, Overmountain Victory Trail Association, and other demonstrators.

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Exploring Joara is committed to promoting public archaeology in the upper Catawba and Yadkin river valleys of western North Carolina.  With a threefold emphasis on supporting research, education and outreach, the foundation is dedicated to finding and protecting archaeological resources while fostering an understanding and appreciation for archaeology in the community.  The foundation supports work at the Berry site, the remains of sixteenth-century Fort San Juan at the native town of Joara, and runs a public archaeology program that includes field schools, teacher workshops, summer archaeology camps, and presentations and workshops for schools and organizations.

The Burning of Fort San Juan

“It is a story of great scholarship, archaeology at its
best, hot dirty physical work and luck.”
- Producer, Tom Earnhardt, Exploring North Carolina Series, UNC-TV, in “The First, Lost Colony”

Support and funding provided by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area."

Support and funding provided by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.”