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NC Digs! Archaeology Traveling Exhibit and Artifacts from the Berry Site opening at the Western Office

Event Description

The traveling exhibit “NC Digs!” and artifacts from the Berry Site located in Burke County will be on display from April 16 to May 31. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the exhibit is free and open to the public. “NC Digs!” highlights five different types of archaeological sites found across North Carolina: Native American, Battlefield, Plantation, Trash Pit, and Industrial. This exhibition will include artifacts from the Berry Site and various others western North Carolina locations. Berry Site is the location of the Native American town of Joara, and the Spanish Fort San Juan established by Juan Pardo in 1567. Fort San Juan was the first European settlement established in the interior of what is now the United States, predating both the Roanoke and Jamestown colonies.

Seating for these programs is limited. To reserve a seat to attend one of these special evening programs please call and/or email your RSVP to Angela Jervis at (828) 296-7230 ext. 221 or All programs start at 6:30 p.m.

April 19th “The Berry Site Artifacts and the Stories They Tell”. Dr. David Moore from Warren Wilson College will present a lecture on the nature and significance of artifacts recovered from the Berry site

May 10th “Mounds and Towns in the Cherokee Heartland of Western North Carolina”. Dr. Ben Steere from Western Carolina University will discuss the archaeology of mounds and towns in the Cherokee heartland of western North Carolina.

May 24th “North Carolina’s Petroglyph and Pictograph Archaeological Sites”. Scott Ashcraft with the US Forest Service will give a presentation on North Carolina’s rich “Rock Art” legacy that includes some of the most densely carved petroglyphs and oldest pictograph sites in the Southeastern United States.

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