Archeologists Find Pottery Remnants Linked To 'Lost Colony' Of Roanoke

Posted: Jun 23 2016, 1:50am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 23 2016, 10:03pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Archeologists Find Pottery Remnants Linked to 'Lost Colony' of Roanoke
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The artifacts provide more insight into the lives of settlers that arrived at Roanoke Island and disappeared mysteriously.

The mystery of the ‘lost colony’ of Roanoke Island has intrigued archaeologists over the years.

The English settlers, who came to Roanoke Island in the late 16th century, suddenly disappeared without a trace. There have been many theories about what happened to those colonists, but none of them is called definitive.

Archaeologists working on Roanoke Island have recently discovered some pottery fragments that are believed to be a part of a jar belonging to a medicine maker from the lost colony.

The small fragments are blue, white and brown in color and were unearthed two feet below the surface near an ancient mound. The pieces are likely a part of an ointment or a medicine jar which could not remain intact, but some of its shards had been safely placed under the ground.

“It’s very exciting to see these cultural objects come out of the ground and every object does tell a story. I think it’s another piece of the puzzle that you can connect to the Raleigh Colonies.” Jamie Lanier, Cultural Resources Manager for The Outer Banks Group, told News 3.

Researchers estimate the medicine jar would have been 3 inches tall and 1.5 inches in diameter when it was unbroken. This is the most significant artifact discovery since 1940 (when similar pieces were unearthed) that give tantalizing clues about the people of Roanoke Island.

“Lost Colony” settlers were the third group of English arrivals on North Carolina’s Roanoke Island sent by explorer Walter Raleigh in 1587. The group was meant to settle around the area what is now called town of Manteo. The first two groups arrived at the region 1584 and 1585 respectively.

While archaeologists have yet to determine the cause of English settler’s sudden disappearance, findings such as the pottery remnants offer new insight into the lives of the people of lost colony.

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