Skip to comments.Sir Walter Raleigh's Colony Vanished Over 400 Years Ago. Scientists Are Still Looking
Posted on 09/16/2021 6:13:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
It's one of the nation's great mysteries: The first permanent colony of English settlers in what would become the U.S., founded in North Carolina in 1587 by Sir Walter Raleigh, disappeared three years later with virtually no trace.
Now, archaeologists hope a new search for the Lost Colony will unearth clues about what happened to 117 men, women and children who vanished and were never seen again.
The First Colony Foundation, a group of archaeologists, is partnering with the National Park Service for a series of digs beginning this week at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.
"This dig includes new ground that's never been tested archaeologically," Jami Lanier, a cultural resource manager and historian with the National Park Service, said in a statement. "So, it's very exciting to see what may be found."
Sir Walter Raleigh, a famed English explorer and among Queen Elizabeth I's favorite subjects, was tasked with establishing a colony on Roanoke Island as England was trying to expand its reach across the globe.
The expedition that would travel to the island on North Carolina's Outer Banks in 1587 ultimately formed the first permanent English settlement in North America. (The land was previously home to the Carolina Algonquian people.)
But three years later, when a resupply mission returned to Raleigh's colony, none of the previous inhabitants was there. The only clue to their disappearance was the word "CROATOAN" carved into a wall.
The dig occurring this week is focusing on a previous expedition to the area in 1585, when a group of military men and scientists scouted the land for Raleigh.
The search will occur on several sites, including a metallurgical and science workshop set up by Thomas Harriot and Joachim Gans just a few years before the permanent settlers arrived.
Archaeologists Catch Big Break In Disappearance Of Roanoke Island Colonists
Archaeologists will reexcavate sites where previous searches may have missed or misinterpreted soil changes called "features" to better understand what was there, according to the foundation. Some artifacts have already been discovered there, but scientists have also used ground-penetrating radar to identify new areas of interest.
Last year, the team of archaeologists found shards of pottery they believe may have been owned by members of Raleigh's colony.
The public is invited to watch the digs in person.
I heard they were visiting the Anasazi.
I remember the In Search Of episode.
He was such a stupid git
(I’m So Tired - The Beatles)
Maybe they should be searching in Iceland or Greenland...
ever tried to stand up in a hurricane ?
Democrats need the back taxes.
Do you have Sir Walter Raleigh in a can???
“The public is invited to watch the digs in person.”
Years ago I received mailers to join expeditions, hands on digs, searches etc, from universities. I never had time to follow up. I might look into that again.
I’m so tired, I’m feeling so upset
Although I’m so tired, I’ll have another cigarette
And curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid git
“ Sir Walter Raleigh, a famed English explorer and among Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite subjects” until she had him beheaded.
They don’t bring that up much I notice.
CROATOAN was carved on a tree, not a wall.
The settlement last mentioned a mysterious visitor named Andre Linoge. That was the last entry in the journal.
Grant Money is forever!
Are archaeologists really Scientists?
I loved that show as a kid.
I loved that show as a kid.
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