|Bristol students prepare to dig!|
Still, the Hatteras residents have not much cared for ECU or its archaeologists. A few individuals with personal motives have thrown fuel on that fire as well. Consequently, the Lost Colony Research Group realized that, if they wanted to do archaeology on the island, and get permission from its residents, that they would need someone else.
Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke, used his clout as mayor of Bideford, UK to encourage the University of Bristol to come to our rescue and begin investigations into Hatteras Island. Following UoB's arrival on Hatteras, another organization was formed to support the archaeological process and to provide for storage and care for these artifacts. The Croatoan Archaeological Society are presently those caretakers. They currently hold the artifacts from these recent digs and hope for more.
So do we. The digs have involved many wonderfully talented students as well from Bristol, and the fun that we had was captured very well by our own founder and DNA expert, Roberta J. Estes in our recent newsletter.
Bobbi's articles are always a pleasure to read and her stories involving British students wearing Outer Banks t-shirts and sporting a "Howdy Ya'll" are heart-warming and, yes, Alex... you had a superb accent!
|Discolorations in the soil reveal the presence of posts that once supported a structure. This one appeared English.|
Still, settlement concentrated on the Buxton end of the island during the 18th century. Some occurred on the other end, but the closest to the seat of government was Buxton. As is evident, historical analysis is vital to understand what artifacts are found where and why.
|Louisa Pittman, on the phone as usual, and her boss, Mark Horton of the Archaeology Department at the University of Bristol.|
Something that I feel should be said is that digs of this nature may not tell us that the Lost, or "Abandoned" Colonists (as Karen Kupperman called them), were on Hatteras... but, eventually they will. Meanwhile, we are uncovering a wealth of historical knowledge. This has enormous import for the island of Hatteras. One day, we'll find those colonists and, we may be very surprised to find them amongst us today!