ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – Archaeologists have discovered evidence suggesting that a part of the lost colony may have ended up in Bertie County.
Archaeologists have excavated 850 square feet of a tract in question and found dozens of artifacts. The findings include bale seals used to verify cloth quality, 16th-century nails and pieces of pottery jars for storing dried and salted fish.
Clay Swindell, archaeologist and collections specialist at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, says while the findings do not prove lost colony residents lived there, they certainly show they could have.
Swindell said the rural site south of the Chowan River bridge has been inhabited for centuries first by native Americans, then early English settlers. It later became the site of a governor’s plantation.