James E. Doringer

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2003 Undergraduate Research Experiences in
Ocean, Marine, and Space Science
May 27, 2003-July 18, 2003

Maritime Remote Sensing Research:
Locating the Remnants of the "Lost Colony of Roanoke"


In a world of science, technology, and national security, remote sensing technology has emerged as a primary tool for retrieving and interpreting geographical data. Our research project, "Science, Settlement , and Remote Sensing," aims to expand the application of remote sensing technology by answering the question: What happened to the "Lost Colony of Roanoke?" Our research takes and interdisciplinary approach from this 400-year old question by drawing on a wide-range of primary and secondary sources from history, geography, archaeology, and most importantly, remote sensing technology. Challenging some of the key scholarly assumptions about the fate of the "Lost Colony," we argue that the remnants of the "Lost Colony" can be located in Northeast North Carolina. In particular, our research strongly suggests that the final fate of the "Lost Colony" can be traced back to Buck Ridge near Roanoke Island.