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Archaeological Digs For The Citi of Raleigh or The Lost Colony
Some copied from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Archaeology, archeology, or archæology is the science that studies human cultures through the recovery, documentation, analysis, and interpretation of material remains and environmental data, including architecture, artifacts, features, bio facts, and landscapes. Archaeology is a humanistic endeavor because its aim is to understand humankind. Because the pioneers of Archaeology in the United States were interested in the history and antiquity of Native American peoples, in the United States it is a subset of anthropology, which contains: physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. However, in some universities in America and many in the United Kingdom and Europe, archaeology is considered as a separate discipline entirely. This is primarily because early archaeology in Europe developed out of other disciplines, especially history, classics, and art history. There is debate as to what archaeology's goals are. Some goals include the documentation and explanation of the origins and development of human cultures, understanding culture history, chronicling cultural evolution, and studying human behavior and ecology, for both prehistoric and historic societies.(1)
In the case of "The Lost Colony" the goals are no different. The Lost Colony Research Group, is looking to find some concrete evidence that " The Colony of 1587 - referred to as the Lost Colony" survived either as captives or friends of the Eastern Seaboard tribes of Indians. When John White returned in 1590 to re-supply the colony, he found that their houses were removed from the area of Fort Raleigh, not destroyed. They could easily have been reassembled elsewhere. This, in combination with the message the colonists left carved upon a tree and post for White, the word "Croatoan"; points directly to the friendly Indians who lived on Croatoan Island, known today as Hatteras Island. Later evidence that the colonists survived includes documentation in 1701 by John Lawson that the Hattera Indians, who either lived on Roanoke Island or often frequented it, stated that their ancestors were white people. The Hatteras are presumed to be the descendants of the Croatoan Indians. Lawson felt proof of this was found in their grey colored eyes and lighter hair color. Other information from various sources indicate that some of the Colonist may have been killed in a massacre by the Powhatan Indians, but a few escaped but were held as slaves by a different tribe. Our search using archaeology, DNA and history seeks to determine where the colonists went after they left Roanoke Island and if they indeed did survive, assimilating into the various Native tribes.
Every dig and all information is helpful in this endeavor.(2)
(1) See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeology for citations.
(2) Roberta Estes
An interesting read:
Indigenous peoples of the Americas - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_peoples_of_the_AmericasWhat can we learn from broken pottery? - http://www.spoilheap.co.uk/medpoti.htm#medp
Period Composer William Byrd
John Sankey is the musician.
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