Possible remnants of mysterious Lost Colony found

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Possible Remnants Of Mysterious "Lost Colony" Found

Archeologists have found two quarter-sized pottery fragments they believe could have belonged to a member of the Lost Colony from Roanoke.

The fragments were found buried in the soil just 75 yards from an earthen mound, which is thought to be a fort from that time.

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The English colonists, sent by Walter Raleigh, explored the coast of North Carolina in the mid-1580s and then mysteriously disappeared.

To this day, what happened to the colony is still a mystery. But discoveries like the pottery give us a small look into the colonists' lives during that period.

Possibly the most important piece of pottery found in the area since the 1940s, archeologists believe the fragments were from an ointment or medicine jar.

And while it may not solve the mystery of the Lost Colony, we're one step closer to finding out the truth.

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'The Boyhood of Raleigh', 1908-1909. Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618) was a famed English writer, poet, courtier and explorer. He was responsible for establishing the first English colony in the New World, on June 4, 1584 at Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina. When the third attempt at settlement failed, the ultimate fate of the colonists was never authoritatively ascertained, and it became known as The Lost Colony. From Penrose's Pictorial Annual 1908-1909, An Illustrated Review of the Graphic Arts, volume 14, edited by William Gamble and published by AW Penrose (London, 1908-1909). (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)
Virginia Dare (1587-?). First child born in North America of English parents, b. Roanoke Island, Virginia colony (now North Carolina). She was the granddaughter of the colony's governor, John White. The colony and its inhabitants vanished mysteriously and became known as the 'Lost Colony.' (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Frank Ray hikes through the bush in The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. Ray and other members of the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, a private group of amateur archaeologists, journeyed into the swamp in search of clues that could help determine the fate of the Lost Colony, which disappeared amid the first full English attempt at colonization the Americas. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Frank Ray and wildlife refuge officer John Ross, left, look at GPS coordinates as they explore The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. Ray and other members of the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, a private group of amateur archaeologists, journeyed into the swamp in search of clues that could help determine the fate of the Lost Colony, which disappeared amid the first full English attempt at colonization the Americas. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Members of the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, a private group of amateur archaeologists, walk into The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. The group journeyed into the swamp in search of clues that could help determine the fate of the Lost Colony, which disappeared amid the first full English attempt at colonization the Americas. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
** APN ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 **Frank Ray and wildlife refuge officer John Ross, left, look at GPS coordinates as they explore The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. Ray and other members of the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, a private group of amateur archaeologists, journeyed into the swamp in search of clues that could help determine the fate of the Lost Colony, which disappeared amid the first full English attempt at colonization the Americas. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Frank Ray makes a photo of an area of interest in The Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. Ray and other members of the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, a private group of amateur archaeologists, journeyed into the swamp in search of clues that could help determine the fate of the Lost Colony, which disappeared amid the first full English attempt at colonization the Americas. In the background Frank Ray's father is George Ray. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
** APN ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 **Frank Ray makes a photo of an area of interest in The Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. Ray and other members of the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, a private group of amateur archaeologists, journeyed into the swamp in search of clues that could help determine the fate of the Lost Colony, which disappeared amid the first full English attempt at colonization the Americas. In the background Frank Ray's father is George Ray. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, right, is greeted by Gov. Terry Sanford on arrival, July 14, 1962, Manteo, N.C. Udall came to speak at 25th anniversary celebration of The Lost Colony, an outdoor drama about the English colony that vanished from Roanoke Island in 17th century. (AP Photo)
Dr. H.J. Pearce Jr., left, professor at Emory University, and his father, Dr. H.J. Pearce, president of Brenau College at Gainesville, Georgia on July 25, 1939, as they displayed 13 stones found near Greenville, S.C., which they believe may bring about a solution to the mystery surrounding the fate of Sir Walter Raleighâs âLost Colonyâ of Roanoke Island, North Carolina. The Drs. Pearce, who wished to make no claims as to the authenticity of the stones, say they tell of the burial of 64 members of the community. (AP Photo)
Dr. H.J. Pearce, president of Brenau College at Gainesville, Georgia, examining a roughly carved stone in Edenton, North Carolina on June 23, 1939, which he regards as a possible clue to the fate of Virginia Dare, first English child born in America, her parents and other colonists who mysteriously vanished from Roanoke Island, North Carolina in 1591. Signed with the name of Eleanor Dare, mother of Virginia, the inscription in Elizabethan English says that 15 of the colonists, including Virginia and her father, were slain by Native Americans and the surviving seven left the island and traveled southwest. (AP Photo)
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