Searching For The Lost Colony Of Roanoke

Aug 2, 2018

In 1590, 115 English settlers vanished from present-day North Carolina with little trace. Journalist Andrew Lawler joins us to talk about the lost colony and how it has become part of American myth.

Thursday, we’re talking about the lost colony of Roanoke. In 1590, some 100 English settlers vanished from present-day North Carolina with little trace. It’s a story that has captured the imagination of Americans, with theories as vastly different as peaceful coexist with indigenous tribes to alien abduction. In a new book, journalist Andrew Lawler looks for traces of the colonists with historians and archaeologists and explores how the story of Roanoke has become part of the myth of America.

Andrew Lawler is a journalist who writes about archaeology, history, and science for publications like  National Geographic, SmithsonianThe New York Times and more. He's the author of Why Did the Chicken Cross the World and his new book The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]