During my own research, I have sought other experts to help me understand the significance of certain finds, namely a gunlock that may date to the late 16th century (which would be highly significant!) and the Kendall ring (an artifact that may relate to one member of the Roanoke voyages, can be viewed here: http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/special/ead/view.aspx?id=1061&q=croatan ). These items were found by the late Dr. David S. Phelps, Professor Emeritus at East Carolina University. An ECU report on this archaeological site is available at http:///www.delabrooke.com/ECUreportGray.pdf. I have made the resources available to all for the sake of unbiased opinions.
This gunlock was examined previously by Dr. James D. Lavin of William & Mary University in Virginia. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to locate the professor, who is retired and we know nothing about what he found. He may have had previous experience with research groups that turned him off to the Lost Colony project. That would be unfortunate. However, Dr. Lawrence Babits, director of the Maritime History program at ECU told me to contact Bly Straube of Jamestown Rediscovery who happens to be a published expert on snaphaunce mechanisms, which this piece is believed to be. My first email to her included this photo that you see above without mention of where it came from (I did not want to bias any opinions that she might give). Her immediate response was that it looked like “1580s snaphaunce” and she sounded mightily excited about it.
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