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The discovery electrified archaeologists and historians. The artifact seemed a rare remnant of the first English attempt to settle the New World that might also shed light on what happened to men, women, and children who settled the coast, only to vanish in what became known as the Lost Colony of Roanoke. A team led by archaeologist Charles Ewen recently subjected the ring to a lab test at East Carolina University.
Ewen was stunned when he saw the. North Carolina state conservator Erik Farrell, who conducted the analysis at an ECU facility, found high levels of copper in the ring, along with some zinc and traces of silver, lead, tin and nickel. He found no evidence that the ring had gilding on its surface, throwing years of speculation and research into serious doubt.
He said it is more likely that the ring was a common mass-produced item traded to Native Americans long after the failed settlement attempt. Not all archaeologists agree, however, and the surprise are sure to reignite the debate over the fate of the Lost Colony.
The settlers arrived from England in the summer ofled by John White. They rebuilt an outpost on Roanoke Island, 50 miles north of Hatteras, abandoned by a band of colonists. White quickly departed for England to gather supplies and additional colonists, but his return was delayed by the outbreak of war with Spain.
When he finally managed to land on Roanoke Island three years later, the settlement was deserted. Phelps reported that the jeweler tested the ring and determined it was carat gold. A Master Kendall was part of the first colonization attempt inwhile another Kendall visited Croatoan when a fleet led by Sir Francis Drake stopped by in Though this link was never confirmed, the object was nicknamed the Kendall ring. Since Phelps thought the ring was made of a precious material and likely belonged to the Elizabethan era, he argued it was an important clue.
This was also an era in which brass rings showed up at Native American sites up and down the East Coast. Horton is currently digging at the Hatteras site where the ring was discovered.
The excavations, sponsored by the Croatoan Archaeological Society, have so far uncovered several artifacts that may have been made during Elizabethan times, including the handle of a rapier and bits of metal from clothing. If the Lost Colonists left Roanoke for Croatoan in the late s, argues Horton, they might have brought along their most precious objects. Over a couple of generations they may have assimilated with the Algonquian-speaking Croatoan people and their English heirlooms would have eventually worn out.
His theory is also based on archaeological finds that show that Native Americans on Hatteras manufactured lead shot and used guns to hunt deer and birds by the s. Prior to this, their diet was based heavily on fish and shellfish. The technological sophistication, Horton suggests, hints at the presence of Europeans before the second wave of English arrived in the area in the late s.
That, too, could point to the presence of assimilated colonists and their descendants.
Pottery fragments may hold clues to roanoke colonists’ fate
That theory is a stretch, says archaeologist Charles Heath, who worked with Phelps and was present when the ring was found. Horton acknowledges that rather than Roanoke colony possessions brought along by assimilating English, the Croatoan people could have acquired the goods from Jamestown, the later Virginia colony to the north, instead. Gunflints, coins, and glass be found at the site almost certainly came from the newer English settlement. But he is confident that the current excavations will soon reveal additional evidence.
Meanwhile, the hunt for the Lost Colony continues. Another group of archaeologists working about 50 miles west of Roanoke Island at the head of Albemarle Sound say that they have pottery and metal artifacts likely associated with the Lost Colony. The digs by the First Colony Foundation were sparked by the discovery of a patch concealing the image of a fort on a map painted by John White. But like the finds at Hatteras, the objects might be associated with the second wave of English settlement.
Last fall, a dig by the National Park Service at Fort Raleigh on Roanoke Island—thought to be the site of the original settlement—yielded no trace of the colonists. But earlier inarchaeologists did find a handful of fragments of an apothecary jar that almost certainly date from the 16th century.
Roanoke colony deserted
As for Ewen, he hopes that the analysis of the ring will help put researchers back on track in their search for scarce clues to the Roanoke settlers. Continue or Give a Gift. SmartNews History. History Archaeology. World History. Science Age of Humans. Future of Space Exploration. Human Behavior.
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