Researchers Say They Know What Happened to Roanoke’s ‘Lost Colony’

The English colonists who settled the so-called Lost Colony before disappearing from history simply went to live with their native friends — the Croatoans of Hatteras, according to a new book.

“They were never lost,” said Scott Dawson, who has researched records and dug up artifacts where the colonists lived with the Indians in the 16th century. “It was made up. The mystery is over.”

Dawson has written a book, published in June, that details his research. It is called “The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island,” and echos many of the sentiments he has voiced for years.

A team of archaeologists, historians, botanists, geologists and others have conducted digs on small plots in Buxton and Frisco for 11 years.

You can read the full story in an article by Jeff Hampton in the Virginian-Pilot website at:


The only sensible thing to do in that situation would be to go live with people who have the ability to survive and thrive in that setting. English agricultural practices, values, etc. would be at best uselessness.


David Paul Davenport August 22, 2020 at 10:46 pm

This may be news for those who have no knowledge of Roanoke but the fact that the English moved to live with Native American was published in the US History text I used for my college course in the early 1990s onward. Proof would require DNA analysis so it is too bad that “Any skeletons uncovered during the digs were left untouched out of respect, Dawson said.” (as per the item in The Virginian-Pilot on the 17th Inst.)


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