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New Archeological Findings Raise Questions About Centuries-Old NC Town

A photo showing a bird's eye view of the student dig
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A drone photo of the ECU student dig in Brunswick Town.

Brunswick Town was once a thriving British port before the Revolutionary War. It was one of the first successful European settlements in the Cape Fear region until the British burned it down in 1776. Archeologists have been exploring the ruins for decades with the help of a map created in 1769, but recent findings are raising new questions about the town’s history.

Students and archeologists from ECU uncovered what appears to be the remains of an 18th century tavern that does not appear on any known map.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Charles Ewen, the leader of the student dig, about the legacy of Brunswick Town. Ewen shares what archaeologists know about its history and what they have learned from the new finding. He is a professor in the department of anthropology at ECU.

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Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.