First Colony Foundation Using Archaeology and Historical Research to Find Sir Walter Raleigh's Roanoke Island Colonies
In Search of the First Colony
Testing Continues at Site X
August 10, 2015
In late July, Nick Luccketti directed a small team of archaeologists to Site X, the focus of FCF investigations on the locality indicated on Raleigh's 'Virginea Pars' map of eastern North Carolina as the possible location of a colonial outpost. Our evidence continues to mount that this site deserves further, and more intense, archaeological investigation.
New Agreement with Park Service
July 10, 2015
On Friday, 10 July 2015, the First Colony Foundation entered into a new cooperative agreement with the National Park Service at Fort Raleigh Historic Site in Manteo, North Carolina.
First Colony Foundation Presents Research at London Conference
July 9, 2015
The Society for the History of Discoveries, meeting at the Institute for Historical Research of the University of London, heard on 9 July 2015 a research paper by FCF board members Brent Lane and Phil Evans.
FCF Associates Dig at Harriot Home in Ireland
June 28, 2015
From June 22 to June 28, 2015 associates of the First Colony Foundation participated in archaeological excavations at Molana Abbey, the recorded home of Thomas Harriot.
First Colony Foundation Awarded National Geographic Society/Waitt Grant for Research in 2013
February 13, 2013
The First Colony Foundation is pleased to announce that the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants program has awarded a grant of $15,000 in support of the research project titled "Clues to the Lost Colony? Remote Sensing and Site Testing along Albemarle Sound, Bertie County, North Carolina." First Colony Foundation Research Vice President Dr. Eric Klingelhofer will serve as principal investigator and will coordinate the multi-pronged research strategy proposed by the FCF team for 2013.
First Colony Foundation Commences Archaeological Research near the Chowan River in North Carolina
November 12, 2012
First Colony Foundation research vice president and archaeologist Nicholas Luccketti and his team of archaeologists and curators continue to implement the foundation's research design to determine if there are physical remains of Elizabethan activities in Bertie County, NC.
Special 2012 Archaeology Tour on Roanoke Island "Past and Present: Archaeology at Fort Raleigh"
June 14, 2012
Want to know more about the Roanoke colonies and how archaeology might unearth secret clues? This summer, the First Colony Foundation is offering visitors to the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site a special opportunity to learn more about the history of archaeological research on Roanoke Island.
Hidden Images Revealed on Elizabethan Map of America
May 3, 2012
After decades of unsuccessful searching, archaeologists may have their best evidence ever of the possible fate of Sir Walter Raleigh's "Lost Colony." It comes in the form of a clue from Sir Walter himself, secreted within the 425 year old "Virginea Pars" map drawn by his expedition to site the first English colony in the New World.
"Beneath the Sand: Past & Present Archaeology at Fort Raleigh"
September 14, 2011
"Beneath the Sand: Past & Present Archaeology at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site" presents the story of how archaeology at Fort Raleigh has changed over the years, and displays some of the artifacts that have been found.
"Roanoke Colonies Archaeology and History Week" Awarded Meekins Grant
May 12, 2011
The First Colony Foundation, the National Park Service, and The Friends of Outer Banks History Center announced that "Roanoke Colonies Archaeology and History Week" October 10-16, 2011, presented through support of a generous $30,000 grant from the Percy W. and Elizabeth G. Meekins Charitable Trust, will include a weeklong series of events with exhibits, theatre, symposium, and archaeological research.
First Colony Foundation Archaeologists Participate in International Conference
June 30, 2010
Eric Klingelhofer and Bly Straube attended the British-based Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology conference held in St John's, Newfoundland. First Colony Foundation organized the session entitled "Roanoke and Jamestown."
The Institute for International Maritime Research Releases Report on Recent Underwater Archaeology at Roanoke Island
June 24, 2010
A report by the Institute for International Maritime Research has been released which details its archaeological work at Roanoke Island, May 16-22, 2010
Archaeologists Work in Water and on Land at Roanoke Island
June 15, 2010
The First Colony Foundation and the National Park Service have announced today the completion of First Colony Foundation's May 2010 archaeological research at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island near Manteo, North Carolina.
First Colony Foundation Archaeologists and NPS Conclude Successful Dig at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island
November 18, 2009
The First Colony Foundation and the National Park Service announced today the completion of the 2009 archaeological research dig at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island near Manteo, North Carolina.
Radar Tomography Conducted on Roanoke Island to Identify Potential Dig Sites
August 27, 2009
On July 21-22, a team undertook a remote sensing survey at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in an effort to identify potential future excavation sites.
Roanoke Island Archaeological Find Goes on Exhibition at Fort Raleigh
July 22, 2009
A copper necklace, uncovered in May 2008 by First Colony Foundation archaeologists working under an agreement with the National Park Service, will be placed on exhibition at the Lindsay Warren Visitor Center at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site near Manteo, North Carolina.
PBS' <i>Time Team America</i> to Debut July 8 with Dig on Roanoke Island
June 20, 2009
TIME TEAM AMERICA spends three days at Fort Raleigh in hot pursuit of archaeological evidence that will put the ghost of Roanoke to rest and establish where the first colony in America was actually located.
Gordon Watts to Lead Underwater Research Team on an Exploration of Broad Creek
June 20, 2009
Beginning June 15, Dr. Gordon P. Watts, Jr., Director of the International Institute of Maritime Research in Washington North Carolina and a founding First Colony Foundation Board Member, will lead his experienced team of underwater historians and archaeologists, including Roanoke Island research veterans Ray Hayes and Bill Utley, on a week long study of Broad Creek near Wanchese, North Carolina.
Thomas Harriot 400th Conference Hears About First Colony Foundation Research
June 20, 2009
An international group of scholars and history buffs learned about English scientist Thomas Harriot's participation in the first English colony at Roanoke Island from 1585-1586 when they attended a conference sponsored by East Carolina University's Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences from April 1-4, 2009.
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