Visit site

Lost Colony's Location Revealed?

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A new look at a 425-year-old map has yielded a tantalizing clue about the fate of the Lost Colony, the settlers who disappeared from North Carolina's Roanoke Island in the late 16
  • Barry Gander

    Roanoke Colony Revealed? Prof Finds The Mysterious Colony's Capital. Detail of "La Virginea Pars" by John White showing the area of one of two paper patches (the northern patch) stuck to the map that covered information saying the colony had moved north.

  • Melody Kiriakidis

    North Carolina, British researchers find clue to location of Lost Colony (image © TRUSTEES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM) ... Detail of “La Virginea Pars” by John White showing the area of one of two paper patches (the northern patch) stuck to the map (P 1906,0509.1.3 (detail).

  • liz brenner

    Lost Colony's Location Revealed? A new look at a 425-year-old map in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has yielded a tantalizing clue about the fate of the Lost Colony, the settlers who disappeared from North Carolina's Roanoke Island in the late 16th century. (AP Photo/British Museum

Related Pins

The Lost Colony and the Outer Banks (Click through for Roanoke Mystery Revealed?)

A group in search of Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony and their descendants.

425 year old map offers new clues to the disappearance of the lost Roanoke colony - thanks KVT!

The Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina was a late 16th-century attempt to establish a permanent English settlement in what later became the Virginia Colony. The final group of colonists disappeared during the Anglo-Spanish War, three years after the last shipment of supplies from England. The settlement is known as "The Lost Colony," and the fate of the colonists has never been determined.

425-year-old map offers new clues to the disappearance of the lost Roanoke Colony

Coat. Date: late 16th century Geography: Turkey, Bursa Medium: Silk, metal

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.

detail from 16th C. undershirt, Italian, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.