Has 1585 Predecessor to "Lost Colony" Been Located?
A 28-year-old history buff believes he might have found the location of a fort the English built in 1585 on the northern end of Roanoke Island in North Carolina. If so, Scott Dawson will have discovered what professional archaeologists and historians have been trying to find for decades.
Granted, there's much work to be done before Dawson's belief can be verified. But the prospect that he is right is a tantalizing one, particularly so for anyone with an interest in how this country was settled by Europeans.
The site that Civil War-era letters and records led Dawson to lies within the boundaries of the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site but not within the site itself. In the weeks ahead the Park Service plans to send an archaeological team to inspect Dawson's site.
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