A group of archeologists has discovered the remains of the oldest known European settlement in the inland U.S.: a 16th century Spanish fort in western North Carolina.
Fort San Juan was the largest of six forts built between 1566 and 1568 by explorer Juan Pardo. It’s located five miles north of Morganton at a site that was believed to be an Indian settlement.
Robin Beck is an assistant professor of archeology at the University of Michigan and was part of the discovery team. He says the site has something in common with North Carolina's more famous early settlement.