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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Spanish Fort Discovered In North Carolina Foothills

Fort San Juan, found near Morganton, NC:

Before the “Lost Colony” at Roanoke Island, before the Jamestown settlement in Virginia, there was Fort San Juan in the North Carolina foothills.

Archaeologists studying a ceremonial mound from a Native American town called Joara last month discovered the first inland fort built by Europeans in the New World near present-day Morganton.

For nearly three decades, researchers worked at what’s known as the Berry archaeological site knowing that it could reveal clues about the presence of one of six Spanish forts from the 16th century. But they lacked the evidence for any of the fortifications until now.


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5 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

That is so cool!!!

SENIOR said...

This is intersting. Been to many spanish forts here in Florida, may have to check that one out.

Bob said...

@SENIOR: You're likely to be disappointed by this one. It's an archaeological dig, so all that you're likely to see is a row of post holes with the rotted underground remnants of posts, and little more. There might be relics from kitchen and latrine holes, but not much more. The Castillo de San Marcos it ain't.

Brock Townsend said...

Good find!

NotClauswitz said...

That is awesome! The Papist invasion t'would smite the heretic Englishmen!