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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Sir Walter Raleigh at Fort Raleigh

Honoring Joachim Gans

The achievements of Joachim Gans, a skilled metallurgist who accompanied the Lost Colony settlement, were recognized in a dignitary-rich celebration at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on July 27, 2018.

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Lost, Perished, Discovered

First Colony Foundation Vice President Eric Klingelhofer was informed of a problem by colleagues, historian Dr. James Horn and archaeologist Nick Luccketti. In the manuscript of Ivor Noel Hume’s report on the excavations he directed at Roanoke Island in the 1990’s, the picture of Thomas Harriot was found to be of someone else and not Thomas Harriot.

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