CROATOAN. The word was found written on a fencepost in the lost colony of Roanoke, and it still intrigues us after 425 years. But this 16th century settlement is more than a legend. It’s also the subject of archaeological and historical investigations that are now starting to yield answers.
Every American school kid learns the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. But could its fate have been hiding in plain sight all along, behind some patches on a map? It's a major clue that could eventually solve a 400 year old mystery.
The fates of the Roanoke colonists, who vanished from the banks of what is now North Carolina in the late 16th century, have never been fully settled. While several native tribes claim their descent from Roanoke colonists (and Supernatural saddled the settlement with a demon virus), a 425-year-old maps suggests that…