Joara & Fort San Juan

Uncover their secrets at
the Archaeology Field School
for credit or for enjoyment!


Excavating-Joara-and-Fort-San-Juan-at-the-Berry-site-in-Burke-County_webThe Past Comes Alive at Joara

Western Piedmont Community College and Warren Wilson College will hold the annual Archaeology Field School at the Berry archaeological site again this June. The Berry site dates to the 16th century and holds the remains of the native town of Joara and Fort San Juan, built by the Spanish explorer Juan Pardo in 1567.  The Berry site was the subject of the UNC TV documentary, “The First, Lost Colony,” and has been featured in national and international publications including Smithsonian, National Geographic and Archaeology magazines and the New York Times.

Your Chance to Uncover History

For the past fourteen summers, archaeologist David Moore and students in the Archaeology Field School have excavated at the Berry site to uncover evidence of this unique period of American and World history.

Dr. Moore, one of the lead archaeologists at the Joara/Fort San Juan site, explains what you will experience if you enroll in the field school:


WPCC offers you the opportunity to explore Joara yourself this summer.

Option 1: For College Credit

HUM 120 – Cultural Studies
Meets June 15 – June 30, 2017

If you are interested in earning 3 hours of college credit while participating in the Archaeology Field School, you can enroll in HUM 120 – Cultural Studies. This is a regular WPCC curriculum course, and you may have the option to transfer the credit hours to another college or university (subject to the approval of the institution to which the credit is transferred). With the nature of this class being an intensive, hands-on experience at the Berry site, you will not attend the full length of the summer session. The class is contained in a 2-week session which begins June 15.

For more information on how to enroll in HUM 120 this summer, please visit our curriculum registration page.

Option 2: Continuing Education

The experiences of participating in an archeological dig are also available to teachers, students and the general public through WPCC’s Division of Continuing Education. Enrollment and participation in the Archaeology Field School through continuing education allows you to receive 4.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which can count towards professional development and certification requirements. You are also welcome to participate in the Field School

For more information about the continuing education class, please contact Karen Huffman at (828) 448-6037 or by email. You can also register for the continuing education class directly online by clicking the button below. Here is information you will need to complete your registration:

Name: Archaeological Field School
Section: 51902
Dates: June 15 – June 30

Register for Class


Mandatory Meeting

Both the HUM 120 (college credit) and the continuing education sections of the Field School will be held June 19 through June 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Berry site, which is located on Henderson Mill Road in Burke County [map]. There is a mandatory orientation session for both classes on June 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Carr Hall, Room 112 on the WPCC Main Campus.

The class meets outdoors, so a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water is recommended for all participants.

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