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Unearthing Our Forgotten Past: Fort San Juan

BURKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

CLIENT

Exploring Joara Foundation

ELEMENTS

Interpretive panels

Artifact displays

The Berry archeological site is located near Morganton, North Carolina and contains remnants of the Mississippian Indian town of Joara, Spanish Fort San Juan, and the Spanish town of Cuenca built by Juan Pardo and his men in 1566 as they explored South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. In 2015, the Exploring Joara Foundation hired HW Exhibits to develop and design an exhibit about the archaeological excavations at the Berry Site, the amazing collection of objects archaeologists have recovered, and the fascinating stories about the interaction between the people of Joara and the Spanish they are learning. The exhibit is on display at the History Museum of Burke County, NC.