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NC's Lost Colony may not be lost

Posted August 11, 2015
Updated August 12, 2015

When John White left Roanoke Island for England to get supplies in 1587, there were about 100 settlers living in his village.

When he returned in 1590, the village was gone.

Archaeologists now say there is evidence to suggest that North Carolina’s Lost Colony moved west from Roanoke Island to an area of Bertie County on the mouth of the Chowan River.

The idea came from a map owned by the British Museum.

Researchers in 2012 discovered an “X” underneath a patch on the map - probably meaning a second colony was planned there.

That X marked Salmon Creek and what is now a neighborhood outside Windsor called Scotch Hall Preserve.

In the last few years, archaeologists have scoured the area they call "Site X”.

The First Colony Foundation on Tuesday presented their findings, which include pieces of pottery, earthenware and other artifacts that are believed to have come from the colonists who left Roanoke Island.

The First Colony Foundation says it has examined less than a tenth of the site, and that the story keeps growing.


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  • Jim Hugs Aug 12, 2015
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    The lost colony is one of our state's most common and enduring myths.

  • Ernest Borgnine Aug 12, 2015
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    I hope these folks can get a grant someplace to help 'em solve this mystery.

  • JS BlindMan Aug 11, 2015
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    This is fascinating. It's interesting to learn new developments in our State's History.

  • Karen Phillips Aug 11, 2015
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    Fascinating! It's amazing how history changes with time.

  • Buck Godwin Aug 11, 2015
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    PLEASE have the reporter do a little research on the proper pronunciation of the River/County "CHOWAN". Reminded me of the former great news reader Pam Saulsby saying the word "Tyrell" as in Tyrell County. I still get chuckles over that one.