My Story

My parents loved to travel so we were raised on camping and road trips and visited museums and historic sites around the U.S. and Canada. I discovered archaeology when I was 12 years with Thor Heyerdahl’s book, Aku-Aku. My world view changed abruptly in 1965 when my family spent a year in England and we explored much of Europe. Visiting Stonehenge, Paris, Amsterdam, and many other places fed my appetite for travel and I also became acutely aware that the United States was not the center of the world! After college, I built and managed two natural ice cream stores in California and then enrolled as a graduate student in archaeology at UNC-Chapel Hill. I spent the summer of 1978 at Warren Wilson teaching the archaeology field school as a UNC graduate student and exploring western North Carolina. In 2000 I was lucky enough to come to Warren Wilson full-time.

Warren Wilson College professor David Moore excavates a portion of the Berry site.
David Moore


  • B.A. in Sociology/Criminology, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A. in Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

  • 16th-century Contact period archaeology in the Southeast
  • archaeology of the southern Appalachians
  • Native American ceramic studies

Courses Taught

  • ANT 1390: Native Americans of the Southeastern United States
  • ANT 1450: Archaeology of World Cultures
  • ANT 3400: Archaeological Field School

Crews and Other Activities

  • Senior Archaeologist with the Exploring Joara Foundation, Morganton, NC
  • Member of the South Asheville Cemetery Association

Contact Dr. Moore

(828) 771-2013
Boon 120
WWC CPO 6076

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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