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A Way Forward with Public and Professional Archaeology: The Exploring Joara Foundation in North Carolina.

Author(s): David Moore ; Robin Beck, Jr. ; Christopher Rodning

Year: 2015

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The Exploring Joara Foundation, Inc. is a not-for profit, 501(c)3, organization whose mission is to support public archaeology in the western Piedmont region of North Carolina. Formed in 2008, the foundation has grown around the long-term research project at the Berry site, near Morganton, NC; now known to be the location of the Native town of Joara and the Spanish Fort San Juan built by Juan Pardo in 1567. Archaeological investigations at the Berry site since 2001 have involved the public in all aspects of the project and today the Exploring Joara Foundation reaches more than 4,000 school children and other members of the public each year with hands-on programming including classroom visits, field and lab experiences, and summer camps.This paper explores the challenges and rewards of an intentional public approach to professional archaeology.

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A Way Forward with Public and Professional Archaeology: The Exploring Joara Foundation in North Carolina.. David Moore, Christopher Rodning, Robin Beck, Jr.. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396975)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America