Several Interesting New Archaeological Notes


It is possible the “Lost Colony” may no longer be lost.

“…”We definitely found a historic site from the Colonial period,” said Nick Luccketti, a founding member of the nonprofit First Colony Foundation. “It’s a candidate for the first permanent English settlement on Roanoke Island, but I certainly wouldn’t want to bet on it at this point.”

Luccketti, who i s the principal archaeologist for the James River Institute for Archaeology in Williamsburg, said the bits of bone, fish scales and ceramic, as well as metal buckles and buttons, that were unearthed in a late November excavation appear to date to sometime between 1680 and 1750.

“There’s a number of artifacts suggesting that the English were doing something there,” he said.

Examination of the pottery pieces reveal that the latest the site was occupied “dates solidly to the first half of the 18th century,” Luccketti said, but the earliest date – possibly the late 1600s – still has to be determined.

The excavation was one in a series of digs the foundation, which has a permit with the National Park Service, has conducted since it was established in 2004 to renew long-stalled exploration of Fort Raleigh on Roanoke Island.

Despite the link to national parks and being the purported location of the Lost Colony settlement, no evidence of either has ever been found during at least 33 excavations over decades.

The 117 men, women and children who made up what is known as the Lost Colony, the last of the 1584-87 Roanoke Voyages, settled on Roanoke Island, but no one knows precisely where. In addition, no one knows what happened to them after August 1587 – making their fate one of the oldest mysteries of Colonial America….”

Then, not all the news out of Mexico is drug related.  Work has begun on the recovery of a massive site in the Yucatan.

“…Mexican archaeologists began this month the recovery of a great Mayan city buried under tons of earth and jungle in the archaeological area of Ichkabal on the Yucatan peninsula, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

Previous archaeological digs in Ichkabal indicated the existence at this site of a vast Mayan settlement comprising many buildings, of which the biggest is some 200 meters (656 feet) wide at the base and 46 meters (151 feet) high, the institute said Friday in a communique.

“This is a city whose construction began in preclassic times, 250 years before Christ,” INAH said.

The director of the INAH center in Quintana Roo state, Adriana Velazquez, said that while no architectural details are visible on the surface and all that can be seen are mounds covered by “the exuberant vegetation” of the area, their characteristics seem to indicate Peten-style constructions.

The specialist said that everything suggests that hidden here under the ground, the trees and jungle growth is a city covering about 30 square kilometers (11 1/2 square miles) whose study will add important archaeological information to what we know about the ancient Maya civilization….”


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