Advertisement

Roanoke Revisited

In July 1587, a British colonist named John White accompanied 117 people to settle a small island sheltered within the barrier islands of what would become North Carolina’s Outer Banks. 

By | January 1, 2012

Native American artifacts and British pottery shards, estimated to be between 100 and 600 years old, collected by the Lost COlony Research Group on Hatteras Island.

Native American artifacts and British pottery shards, estimated to be between 100 and 600 years old, collected by the Lost COlony Research Group on Hatteras Island.

ROBERTA ESTES

Roanoke Revisited Image Gallery

In July 1587, a British colonist named John White accompanied 117 people to settle a small island sheltered within the barrier islands of what would become North Carolina’s Outer Banks. When conditions proved harsher than anticipated, White agreed to sail back to Britain to shore up the settlement’s supplies—a trip that should have lasted a few months. When White belatedly returned in 1590, the colonists had vanished—more than 100 men, women, and young children, their shelters and belongings, all gone. Archaeological digs, weather records, historical writings, genealogy—none have fully answered the question of what happened during White’s absence. But Roberta Estes, who owns DNAeXplain, a company that interprets the results of genetic heritage tests, is looking to DNA for help. Her hypothesis is that the Lost Colonists survived, and that evidence of their salvation is tucked away in the mitochondrial or Y chromosomal DNA of living descendants.

Read the full story.[gallery]

Advertisement

Add a Comment

Avatar of: You

You

Processing...
Processing...

Sign In with your LabX Media Group Passport to leave a comment

Not a member? Register Now!

LabX Media Group Passport Logo
Advertisement
EMD Millipore
EMD Millipore

Popular Now

  1. How Fats Influence the Microbiome
  2. Opinion: Making Progress by Slowing Down
  3. Censored Professor Quits
    The Nutshell Censored Professor Quits

    Alice Dreger is resigning from the faculty of Northwestern University, claiming that the administration censored her work in a faculty journal.

  4. Mitochondria Exchange
    News Analysis Mitochondria Exchange

    A decade of research on intercellular mitochondrial transfer has answered some long-standing questions and raised new ones.

Advertisement
BioTek
BioTek
Advertisement