Ft. Raleigh? New find on Roanoke Island creates stir
Scott Dawson, a native of Hatteras Island and now a resident of Colington, has shared the location of a discovery he made on National Park Service property with that agency, which has now secured the area and posted surveillance to insure that intruders don't disturb the site.
Doug Stover, park historian of the Park Service, said that park officials think that the site may be the remains of Fort Blanchard, a Civil War fort.
But if proven correct in his beliefs, Dawson will be the envy of many archaeologists who have spent their careers in the search of the long-lost Ft. Raleigh, Ralph Lane's 1585 fort on Roanoke Island.
Originally posted by Marduk
lol you guys need to read the article a littl;e more carefully
the mystery of Roanoke isn't to do with Fort Raleigh
Fort Raleigh was discovered in 1936 and enough evidence was found to prove it was the right site that the National Park Service built a reconstruction on the site in 1950
They just might find evidence of the "Lost Colony".
History buff thinks he has found 1585 English fort
Tract predates Lost Colony
MANTEO - Amateur historian Scott Dawson thinks he has found what archaeologists and historians have sought for decades -- the site of an English fort on Roanoke Island linked to the legendary Lost Colony.
Dawson, a Civil War buff, said that documents written centuries apart led him to an overgrown tract where he believes explorer Ralph Lane established a settlement in 1585.
The site, on the northern end of the island about 200 miles east of Raleigh, is on National Park Service property but not within the Fort Raleigh Historic Site or the area targeted by dozens of searches.
When Colington resident Scott Dawson came upon an earth-works while exploring the dense woods on Roanoke Island some weeks ago, heart rates soared and imaginations took flight. Had someone finally found the site of Fort Raleigh?
Southeast Archaeological Center scientists from the National Park Service (NPS) combed the forest this week, with other local park service employees, and admitted they've never seen anything quite like the network of rutted trails that spread seemingly without rhyme or reason throughout the woods. However, they were skeptical that the find is 16th Century.
The historian for the NPS's Outer Banks Group, Doug Stover, said, "We think it's either Civil War era, or something linked to the Freedman's Colony, because Fort Huger was just north of this area, and the main residences of the Freedman's Colony were only a short distance south if it."
Archaeologist John Cornelison of Tallahassee, Fla., said he has seen "tons of earth-works," yet he and fellow scientist Charles Lawson were baffled by the trails, which intersected each other in places, at angles, but also spread out in rounded "S" curves. The trails are a couple feet wide and several inches deep, and resemble dry brook beds or drainage conduits. "I've never seen an animal or human path worn that deep," Cornelison said.
Originally posted by shai hulud
Man this is a great find if it does turn out to be the lost colony. The only sad thing is that if it is true, it will take some mystery out of this tale. Either way, I am glad that people are sill wondering about this age old American incident.
In 1998, East Carolina University organized "The Croatoan Project", an archaeological investigation into the events at Roanoke. The excavation team sent to the island uncovered a 10 carat (42%) gold 16th century English signet ring, a flintlock musket, and two 16th century copper farthings at the site of the ancient Croatoan capital, 50 miles (80 km) from the old Roanoke colony. Genealogists were able to trace the lion crest on the signet ring to the Kendall coat of arms, and concluded that the ring most likely belonged to one "Master" Kendall who is recorded as having lived in the Ralph Lane colony on Roanoke Island from 1585 to 1586. If this is the case, the ring represents the first material connection between the Roanoke colonists and the Native Americans on Hatteras Island
An on going project to determine if the DNA of the colonists is present in the local native american tribes. A large percentage of the surnames do exist among these tribes. Additionally, deeds and wills have been discovered to bear this theory out.The project will attempt to locate and test as many potential descendants as possible. Testing is also planned for some ancient remains.