Michigan Anthropology professor Rob Beck reports some very exciting news from his fieldwork at the Berry site in North Carolina this summer:

"Oldest European fort in the inland US discovered in Appalachians": http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/multimedia/slideshows/21601-oldest-european-fort-in-the-inland-us-discovered-in-appalachians  "The remains of the earliest European fort in the interior of what is now the United States have been discovered by a team of archaeologists, providing new insight into the start of the U.S. colonial era and the all-too-human reasons spoiling Spanish dreams of gold and glory."

 

PRI’s The World interview with Rob Beck on his work at the Berry site: "Long Lost Spanish Fort Discovered in Great Smoky Mountains": http://www.theworld.org/2013/07/long-lost-spanish-fort/

 

More articles on the Berry site discovery:

Fort Tells of Spain’s Early Ambitions: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/science/first-new-world-fort-was-spains.html?ref=science

Oldest European fort in the inland United States found: http://www.examiner.com/article/oldest-european-fort-the-inland-united-states-found

University archaeologist aids discovery of oldest European inland fort: http://www.michigandaily.com/news/university-acheologist-and-team-discover-oldest-european-fort-us