The Exploring Joara Foundation (EJF) is hosting a dedication ceremony this Saturday, April 5th. EJF is dedicating the first replicated 16th century Native American house built at the Catawba Meadows Archaeological Interpretive Center in the Catawba Meadows Recreation Park near downtown Morganton. This house was sponsored by the Huffman-Cornwell Foundation with support and funding provided by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership. The dedication begins at 10 am.

Dr. David Moore of Warren Wilson College will be providing a tour and discussion of the differences between the houses uncovered through his archaeological work at the Berry site with this replicated structure. Following the tour, EJF Board Chair Dick Beyer will discuss the future of EJF following our recent strategic planning. Members of the Master Gardener Volunteer Association of Burke County will provide a tour and discussion of our interpretive gardens. At noon, we will begin a groundbreaking for the second house sponsored by the Phifer-Johnson Foundation being replicated in a traditional manner with natural materials.

This free and public event lasts until 2pm, so if you cannot make the dedication ceremony and tour in the morning you will have a chance to visit in the afternoon. Come see what progress EJF has made this year!

Check out the most recent article published by Our State magazine featuring Dr. David Moore and the Berry site: http://www.ourstate.com/city-beneath/

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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.