Has the mystery of Roanoke Island Colony been solved? More info needed.

Another “Too Early to Tell”:

Archaeological finds in North Carolina may provide clues to the fate of at least some of the Roanoke Island colonists who vanished in the late 1500s.

Source: The Roanoke Island Colony: Lost, and Found? – The New York Times

They didn’t find structures but only a few ceramics and pieces that may be from the colonists if they moved to this site inland. The property has luckily remained undisturbed all this time and has been studied by archaeologists.

In just the small areas excavated, the hillside has yielded an unusually high concentration of Border ware and other colonial artifacts, such as a food-storage jar called a baluster, a hook used to stretch hides, a buckle, and pieces of early gun flintlocks called priming pans. No signs of a fort or other structures have been found, but the aggregate of the artifacts convinced the archaeologists that at least a few of the colonists wound up there.

But only a few. More data is needed before any certainty can be claimed for the solution of the lost colony.

  2 comments for “Has the mystery of Roanoke Island Colony been solved? More info needed.

  1. Phil
    August 13, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    I don’t understand the mystery. The colony could not sustain itself so the colonists joined the local Indian tribe to survive. What was the mystery?

  2. August 17, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Cracked had an article about unsolved mysteries with really obvious solutions a few years back. The Roanoke Island colony was one of the (un)solved mysteries mentioned.

    #5 on this list: http://www.cracked.com/article_16671_6-famous-unsolved-mysteries-with-really-obvious-solutions.html

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