The Middle School Historical Tours Expedition had an awesome day exploring the past! The group, led by Ms. Dephouse and Mr. Broshar, traveled to the Berry Site for an archeology dig in Morganton. This is the site of a historic Catawba Indian Village named Joara, and the site of Fort San Juan, a 16th century Spanish attempt at settlement of the interior of North America.
John Krebs, staff archaeologist, showed students how to carefully shovel the dirt and screen for artifacts. They found many pieces of Catawba pottery and flakes from stone tool making. At Catawba Meadows Park, students visited the Exploring Joara Foundation’s Native American exhibit, which includes a replica of a house based on the findings at the Berry Site. Students also played Chunkey, a Native American spear throwing game and practiced shooting blowgun darts. John Krebs, staff archaeologist with the Exploring Joara Foundation, demonstrated flint knapping, a skill used to make stone tools.