Abstract: "the needy are always adventurous": Archaeological Investigations of Roanoke Island, NC and the "Lost Colony"

Lecturer: Luke Pecoraro

Four hundred and twenty-three years ago, 110 English men, women and children established an outpost on Roanoke Island, destined to go down in history as the “Lost Colony” due to their mysterious disappearance by 1590.  Land thought to be the location of the 1587 settlement was incorporated into a national park in the 1930s, and explored archaeologically through several field seasons from 1950 to the present.  Current research and excavations by the First Colony Foundation, a non-profit research team, will be presented in this lecture, as well as directions for the future of archaeology on the Roanoke Colony.

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William Fitzhugh is with the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, and holds his degrees from Harvard (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Dartmouth (B.A.).  Dr. Fitzhugh’s areas of... Read More

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