WWC Archaeological Field School 2001
The Berry Site
Day 1, 5/28/01

Welcome to the Berry site. This is an informal daily record of our field school activities. Our crew this summer includes folks from North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, including students from Warren Wilson College, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Appalachian State University, and UNC-Asheville. David Moore is the Field School Director, and Chris Rodning (from the Research Labs of Archaeology at UNC-Chapel Hill) is our Assistant Director.

We actually began in the rain today and, as a result, spent an hour or so doing an orientation on site and then spent the rest of the day at the field camp. Not very exciting, but we should be able to get a better start tomorrow.

View of the Berry site looking south. The 1986 excavation took place in the garden area in the background. This year's excavation will take place in the foreground field where most of the 16th-century Spanish artifacts have been found. This is also the area in which the 1997 proton-magnetometer survey identified several probable burned buildings. These buildings may have been associated with Pardo's Fort San Juan. You may also notice the slight rise of elevation in the garden area. This elevation represents the remnants of the earthen mound that once stood 10 to 12 feet tall. The mound was bull-dozed in the 1960's.

Building the shed for storing archaeological field equipment at the site.

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