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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
Charles Ewen/ECU
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.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
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.