Nicholas Luccketti, principal investigator and archaeologist of the James River Institute for Archaeology and vice president of research for First Colony Foundation, offers tantalizing clues recently unearthed as to the whereabouts of one of history’s longest-standing mysteries—the relocation of the Roanoke Settlers of the Lost Colony to a site in Eastern NC called “Site X” as part of the Hampton History Museum’s free “Lunch in Time” Series on Wednesday, July 19 at noon.
In Search of the Lost Colony
Archaeologists have been searching for evidence of Sir Walter Raleigh’s 1585 Lane Colony and the 1587 “Lost Colony” at Roanoke Island since the 1890s. Much of this work has focused around an earthen fortification at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site that has long been attributed to Raleigh’s colonists. The First Colony Foundation has conducted excavations at Fort Raleigh and more recently at Site X about 50 miles from Roanoke Island where a combination of documentary, cartographic, and archaeological evidence strongly suggests was the site of a small group of Raleigh’s 1587 colonists. This illustrated lecture will present an overview of the First Colony Foundation research at Roanoke Island and Site X.
Beginning as an excavator for Bill Kelso at Kingsmill in 1974, Luccketti has over 40 years of experience in Virginia working on primarily Colonial archaeological sites. He served for five years as the senior archaeologist supervising the excavation of James Fort for the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities’ Jamestown Rediscovery project. He also was the field archaeologist supervising excavations of Site D and Site H at Martin’s Hundred, and the Public Hospital for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and conducted numerous large-scale archaeological surveys and salvage excavations as the senior historical archaeologist for Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission.
With the James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc., Luccketti has been the principal investigator and/or co-author for over 200 Phase 1 and Phase 2 cultural resource management projects and treatment plans to comply with Federal National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 regulations, Virginia Department of Historic Resources guidelines, and North Carolina Office of State Archaeology guidelines. Since 2004, Luccketti has served as vice-president for archaeological research for the First Colony Foundation, a non-profit organization that undertakes research on Sir Walter Raleigh’s efforts in 1585 and 1587 to establish a colony on Roanoke Island, NC.
Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. The museum has free dessert.