The fate of the Lost Colony is considered the oldest American unsolved mystery. Dawson believes that the colony traveled from Roanoke Island to Hatteras Island in 1587. Dawson solicited archaeological expertise from the University of Bristol in England. The university sent a team in November of 2010 to research an area in Buxton that Dawson believed was a site of an Indian village. The team found a mix of Native American and English artifacts dating back as far as the 17th century. The archaeologists have not yet published their findings or determined whether any of the artifacts are connected to the Lost Colony. The archaeological team will continue their research in March and April of 2011 in Buxton and Frisco.
The presentation will include a slideshow of pictures from the research and Dawson will reveal several discovered artifacts. The event, hosted by the Kinnakeet Civic Association, is free and open to the public. A potluck dinner will precede the presentation.
For more information please see the article published in Virginia Pilot by Erin James entitled “Hatteras historian to present Lost Colony findings“.