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Archeologists dig into the past to find the Lost Colony

Posted June 8, 2010 2:29 p.m. EDT
Updated June 8, 2010 3:19 p.m. EDT

— Just a few feet from the earth mound walls of Fort Raleigh in Manteo, archaeologists have been digging deep into history looking for the Lost Colony.

A group of settlers believed to have lived on Roanoke Island vanished in 1587. They became known through history as the Lost Colony.

“The Lost Colony is one of the great American mysteries,” said Nick Luccketti, of the First Colony Foundation, a group trying to figure out where these colonists might have gone.

“It’s a puzzle we’re putting together,” he said.

Using archeology and historical research, the group has been finding nuggets from the past – including pottery thought to be from the settlers.

This latest archaeological effort involved three different sites around the Fort Raleigh area.

Over the years, larger artifacts have been found on digs there. A copper necklace found two years ago near Fort Raleigh keeps hope alive that more will be found.

“That’s pretty much our goal, to find where the settlement was,” said Doug Stover, of the National Park Service.

Though the soil has yielded few new clues, hope for finding the Lost Colony remains strong.

“This is too exciting, too intriguing. It’s addictive,” Luccketti said.