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Sat Jul 16, 2016, 07:18 PM

Did the Lost Colony live at "Site X"? Clues point the way.


Evidence is mounting that at least part of John White’s lost colony may have ended up in Bertie County.

Archaeologists have excavated 850 square feet of the tract in question and found dozens of artifacts including bale seals used to verify cloth quality; 16th-century nails; firing pans from snaphaunce guns of the day; aglets used to form tips on shirt lace strings; tenterhooks used to stretch hides; pieces of pottery jars for storing dried and salted fish; and bowl pieces like those found in Jamestown.

The findings do not prove Lost Colony residents lived there, but they certainly show they could have, said Clay Swindell, archaeologist and collections specialist at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

A member of the First Colony Foundation, Swindell reported last week on the recent findings and conclusions drawn from them at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. He shared them with a reporter Thursday.


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Sat Jul 16, 2016, 08:08 PM

1. Went to Historic Site as a kid 50+ years ago, it was very interesting. Need to go back to see

how it's changed, and new theories.

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Sat Jul 16, 2016, 09:59 PM

2. I don't know about this theory


As no trace or reason why they did leave. Some sort of message, carved trunks, stones spelling what happened and where they might go. But that begs the question why didn't they go back periodically to see if people were indeed returning and searching for them. I still believe the Native Americans killed them but maybe not there as a fight at the site would have been impossible not to miss and Native Americans wouldn't have known of returning ships. I read accounts of returning searchers talking with local chiefs and all said they were innocent of such. But these Chiefs had great incentive not to admit an attack as they had been 'visited' by the Spaniards and that would leave deep memories of possible retribution if these new people found out. Or not

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