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Location: 1629 Henderson Mill Rd, Morganton, NC 28655, USA
Season: June 1, 2021 to June 25, 2021
Session Dates: June 1-4, June 7-11, June 14-18, June 21-25
Application Deadline: May 14, 2021
Deadline Type: Rolling
Field School, Volunteer
Warren Wilson College, University of Michigan, Tulane University, Exploring Joara Foundation
Dr. David Moore, Warren Wilson College; Dr. Christopher Rodning, Tulane University; Dr. Robin Beck, University of Michigan
Excavation of Fort San Juan, 1567-1568, the First European Settlement in the Interior of the United States
Help to discover evidence of Fort San Juan, one of the most important 16th-century colonial forts in the United States. Students will gain hands-on experience in archaeological field techniques including excavation, wet and dry screening, record keeping, and mapping. Fort San Juan was built at the Native American town of Joara in January 1567 and destroyed 18 months later in May 1568. Over the past 20 years, archaeologists have identified the remains of Fort San Juan, five burned buildings constituting the Spanish town of Cuenca, the remnants of the late Mississippian period mound at Joara, and additional evidence of the Native town of Joara. What was life like for these Spanish soldiers living among Native Americans? What happened to the Spanish soldiers who lived there? How did the Native Americans react to this foreign presence? This summer we plan to tackle these questions by investigating the area around two burned Native American structures near Fort San Juan.
Period(s) of Occupation: Prehistoric, Mississippian, Historic
Are you a college student who needs to complete a field school for your academic major... or retired and always dreamed of working on an archaeological site? A high school student fascinated with the past? Have a full-time job but want to spend a special week in the summer to explore your secret passion? The Warren Wilson College Summer Archaeology Field School may be just the right experience for you! The Warren Wilson summer field school is designed to accommodate full or part-time college students as well as members of the public from across the country with our variable, weekly registration. Please see registration information and register online at https://sites.google.com/warren-wilson.edu/arch.
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week
Minimum Age: 16
Experience Required: No experience required.
Room and Board Arrangements:
David Moore and those students enrolled for academic credit will stay at the Wall Center for Archaeological Research in Morganton (about a 20 minute drive to the site) during the field school. The Wall Center is the home of the Exploring Joara Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to support the field school and to create a regional public archaeology program. The Center includes dormitory space for 25 students and staff, along with office and lab space. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be room at the Wall Center for non-credit participants. Please contact David Moore if you wish to consider staying at the Wall Center. If you need additional information about local accommodations, please contact David Moore. Cost: $75 per week. This includes the cost of dinners Monday-Thursday.
Students may take the field school for up to 4 credits (1 credit per week). Credits offered by Warren Wilson College. Tuition is $425 per week for non-credit participation. $763 per week (1 credit per week) for college credit.
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