Volunteers digging at Site Y in Bertie County, NC, where they find Roanoke Colony Period artifacts.

Albemarle Sound Erosion Poses Risks to Potential Lost Colony Artifacts

Sections of the west bank of Albemarle Sound are undergoing heavy erosion, including the location of First Colony Foundation’s Site Y on the bluff at the Bertie County Beach Facility. To salvage what information could be saved from future erosion, FCF planned to examine in 2021 a 200’ by 25’ area along the edge of the bluff. Its first phase focused on an area where Roanoke Colony Period artifacts had been located.

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New Clues for Lost Colonists

There is not and probably will never be a Lost Colony “smoking gun.” Roanoke Colony Period Ceramics types found at Site X and Y in Bertie County, findings from the Zuniga and Virginea Pars maps helps answer the old question: Where did the settlers go?

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