David G. Moore


David Moore

Archaeology Crew Supervisor

Office Hrs:

Office: JEN 203, Box: 6076


Arrival Year: 2000

Education: Ph. D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Currently Teaches:
Native Americans of the Southeast
Archaeological Methods
Archaeology of World Cultures
Physical Anthropology
Field Methods - Summer Field School

The summer archaeology field school presents students with the opportunity for intensive excavation experience at the Berry site. We are investigating the probable location of Fort San Juan, built by Spanish soldiers in 1567 at the Native American town called Joara. Fort San Juan represents the earliest European settlement in the interior of North America.

Students on the Archaeology Work crew select individual research projects related to the Berry site excavation, the Warren Wilson College archaeological site, and many others.

Field work at the Berry site continues to be exciting and very productive. The project will be featured on the new NC Public TV series, Explore NC, airing in early 2008.

Professor Moore has two research partners, Dr. Christopher B. Rodning (Tulane University) and Dr. Robin A. Beck (University of Oklahoma). Their collaborative work at the Berry site has been supported by the National Science Foundation ($168,000 for 2007 and 2008), and the National Geographic Society (2004 Research and Exploration Grant ($20,000).


Catawba Valley Mississippians: Ceramics, Chronology, and Catawba Indians. University of Alabama Press, 2002.

Book Chapters/Articles

2006 Catawba Indians; De Soto Expedition; Estatoe Path; Pardo Expeditions; in The Encyclopedia of North Carolina, edited by William S. Powell, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill

2002 Pisgah Phase Village Evolution at the Warren Wilson Site. Southeastern Archaeology, Special Publication 7, 76-83.

Publications with co-authors:
Beck, Robin A., Jr., David G. Moore and Christopher Rodning
2006 Identifying Fort San Juan: a Sixteenth-Century Spanish Occupation at the Berry Site, North Carolina. Southeastern Archaeology 25(1):65-77.

2005 Afterward: Pardo, Joara, and Fort San Juan Revisited. In reissue of The Juan Pardo Expeditions: Exploration of the Carolinas and Tennessee, 1566-1568, by Charles M. Hudson. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

2004 Joara and Fort San Juan: Culture Contact at the Edge of the World. Antiquity Vol. 78, No. 299: March 2004 Project Gallery (on-line Project Gallery: to view go to http://antiquity.ac.uk/ProjGall/moore/).

Beck, Robin A., Jr. and David G. Moore
2002: The Burke Phase: A Mississippian Frontier in the North Carolina Foothills. Southeastern Archaeology 21(2):192-205.

Levy, Janet, Alan May and David Moore
1990 From Ysa to Joara: Cultural Diversity in the 15th and 16th Century Catawba Valley. In Columbian Consequences, Vol. 2, ed. David Hurst Thomas, Smithsonian Institution Press.
Moore, David G., Robin A. Beck, Jr., and Christopher B. Rodning.

Wetmore, Ruth Y., Kenneth Robinson, and David G. Moore
2000 Woodland Adaptations in The Appalachian Summit of Western North Carolina: Exploring the Influence of Climatic Change, In Joel D. Gunn, Ed. The Years Without Summer: Tracing A.D. 536 and Its Aftermath. BAR International Series 872:139-149.