A late 16th century effort to establish England’s first permanent settlement in the New World results in failure with the fate of its 107 colonists remaining unknown. But while this was just one of many similarly unsuccessful colonies, only this “Lost Colony of Roanoke” still asserts its emotional pull on public and scholarly imaginations across the centuries. In the last decade archaeological and archival research has produced new evidence not only of what fate befell Sir Walter Raleigh’s Roanoke Colony but also of the enduring effects that enterprise wrought. Brent Lane has been an active participant and curious observer on these recent efforts and their often dramatic findings. Brent will discuss what is known and what must yet be discovered if our generation of Tar Heels are to fulfill the best and probably last hope of recovering North Carolina’s “Lost Colonists”.

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