Berry Site

JAMESTOWN, N.C. Dr. David G. Moore, professor of archeology/anthropology at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. will give a talk at noon Wednesday, March 25 about the excavation of the Berry Site, a large Native American town, occupied from about 1400-1600 A.D.

Presented by GTCC’s Communication and Foreign Language Department, the free talk will be held in Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies Center auditorium on the GTCC Jamestown Campus, 601 E. Main Street. The event is part of the department’s annual Speakers’ Series, which features local and regional speakers discussing issues related to the communication and foreign language disciplines. GTCC faculty and staff who attend will earn professional development credit.

The Berry Site in Burke County, N.C. was once the town of Joara, a settlement visited by the expeditions of Herando de Soto in 1540 and Juan Pardo from 1567-68 in which Pardo built a fort — Fort San Juan. This fort was the earliest European settlement in the interior of what is now the United States and provides proof that both expeditions did in fact pass through the upper Catawba Valley of North Carolina. In the spring of 1568, the problems between the Spaniards and the natives of Joara culminated in the destruction of the fort, burning it.  Click here for more information.

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— Carla Kucinski/GTCC

— Published March 18, 2015