Buxton dig, Summer 2006


Principal archaeologist Charles Heath illustrates the use of the trowel to maintain levels of the test square.
Fred Willard discusses soil maps with Mel Covey, an original property owner and member of the Croatan Group, and a current member of the Croatan Committee.

Principal archaeologist Clay Swindell demonstrates the proper technique of pitching into the shaker, while volunteer Susan Purcell takes lessons.
Clay makes the perfect toss.

Fred taking measurements with Maneto volunteer Joe MacDonald.
Clay taking notes

Sharon Davis, left, with daughter Rachel, right, has been tracing husband Alex's roots for 24 years. Barbara Midgette, center, Chairperson of the Croatan Committee and original co-discoverer of the Croatan Indian site, bags the artifacts.
Alex Davis' ancestors have not lived in North Carolina for four generations, but his wife, Sharon, has uncovered that he may be a direct descendant of John Squires, Ye Mattuamuskeet Indian King. The Davis family has a great interest in the research of The Lost Colony Center and traveled a long distance to participate in the dig.

Volunteers put in some hard days work, really! From left to right: Bob Teagarden, original member of the Croatan Group; George Ray, Endowment Director for The Lost Colony Center; and Joe Dail, who came out after reading about the dig and gave it his all.


Some people even got paid! Fred and Anthropology Intern Kathryn Sugg

Mattie Price convinced her dad to travel all day for the public meeting that was held after the dig concluded. Mattie is very interested in archaeology and hopes to be an archaeologist.
Fred describes to Mattie one of the pottery artifacts found. Decorative markings identify to which Indian culture, main village, and timeframe it belongs.

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