First Colony Foundation Using Archaeology and Historical Research to Find Sir Walter Raleigh's Roanoke Island Colonies
In Search of the First Colony
"Beneath the Sand: Past & Present Archaeology at Fort Raleigh" -- First Colony Foundation
May 12, 2011
Please note that we have moved all events originally hosted by the College of Albemarle -- Manteo Campus to Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. The move was necessitated by damage from Hurricane Irene.

"Beneath the Sand: Past & Present Archaeology at Fort Raleigh" brochure
"Beneath the Sand: Past & Present Archaeology at Fort Raleigh" brochure
"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.

Come visit this special exhibit at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Visitor's Center. The First Colony Foundation, the Friends of Outer Banks History Center, Elizabeth R. and Company, and the National Park Service join to present digs, lectures, and an exhibition this fall. You're invited to attend and it's all free.

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 10:

3:00 PM: Lindsay Warren Visitor Center, Fort Raleigh

Formal opening of museum exhibit "Beneath the Sand: Past and Present Archaeology at Fort Raleigh"

6:30 PM: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

"Shepherd of the Ocean," a whimsical comedy about Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh's mercurial relationship

Just before his execution in 1618, Raleigh thinks about the queen, and is transported to the astral plane where the queen materializes in full regalia. The two laugh, cry and review some of their past triumphs to understand the nature of their true feelings for each other. Barbara Hird appears as Queen Elizabeth and Chris Chappell is Sir Walter Raleigh.

7:30 PM: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

"Roanoke Colonies Archaeology and History Week" Reception for Friends and Supporters

Meet the cast and crew of "Shepherd of the Ocean" and the archaeologists that will be working on Roanoke Island during "Roanoke Colonies Archaeology and History Week." Learn more about what has been found in past excavations and the plans for this year's research.

Tuesday, October 11 - Sunday, October 16

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

View ongoing archaeological excavations, chat with the archaeologists, and hear about the latest finds.

Evening Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 11:

7:00 PM: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

"Copper Matters: or How Thomas Hariot May Have Saved Jamestown"

--Nicholas M. Luccketti, FCF Archaeologist

Wednesday, October 12:

7:00 PM: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

"Roanoke After Raleigh: Resettlement on the Island in the 17th and 18th Centuries"

--Phillip W. Evans, FCF Historian

Thursday, October 13:

7:00 PM: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

"Raleigh's Other Lost Colonies"

--Dr. Eric Klingelhofer, FCF Archaeologist

Friday, October 14:

7:00 PM: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

"The Lost Colony: New Theories"

--Dr. James Horn, Vice President of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Roanoke Colonies Archaeology and History Week is made possible through a grant from the Percy W. and Elizabeth G. Meekins Charitable Trust.

It is co-sponsored by the First Colony Foundation, Elizabeth R. Company, Outer Banks History Center, Friends of Outer Banks History Center, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, and the National Park Service.

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