Researchers say they have new clue to Lost Colony

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Submitted: Fri, 05/04/2012 - 1:36am
Updated: Fri, 05/04/2012 - 2:06am

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — 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 1500s.

Researchers from the British Museum in London appeared via video webcast Thursday in Chapel Hill as representatives of the First Colony Foundation explained what’s been discovered on the “Virginea Pars” map. At the request of a foundation board member, museum officials looked at what’s beneath two patches on the map.

One hides a symbol of what appears to be a fort at the confluence of the Roanoke and Chowan rivers in modern-day Bertie County. Researchers say it could indicate where Sir Walter Raleigh intended to set up a permanent settlement – a likely place for settlers to move.

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