Unearthing the Lost Colony, piece by piece

The Lost Colony is a mystery that has captivated North Carolinians for centuries.

In 1587, more than 100 English settlers came to Roanoke Island to establish a permanent settlement in the New World. Just three years later, when ships returned to bring supplies to the settlement, the island was deserted. There was no sign of the colonists except for the word “CROATOAN” carved into an abandoned structure and “CRO” etched into the bark of a tree.

Archaeologists recently uncovered a clue that doesn’t shed light on what happened to the lost colonists, but it may reveal more about their life on the island.

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