is no time like the present to dig into the past! That is exactly what
the Croatoan Archaeological Society is doing. Their goal? To find out
as much as they can about the history of Hatteras Island, once called
Croatoan, and share it with whoever is interested.
Croatoan Archaeological Society, or CAS, was founded by island native
Scott Dawson and his wife, Maggie. The board of directors is made up of
local folks who live and work on Hatteras. The group partnered with the
University of Bristol, England, for an ongoing archaeological research
project right here on Hatteras.
CAS has been working for the last few years to uncover the history of
Hatteras and keep it preserved on the island. The members of CAS have
helped sponsor professional digs since November of 2009, when test pits
conducted by Professor Mark Horton and Louisa Pittman, MA, both from
the University of Bristol, showed an amazing history here that was
simply buried beneath us.
not only assisted with the digs, but helped to preserve artifacts and
protect the owners’ interest in them. The CAS has digs planned for this
spring while Professor Horton and his students are here to help work on
the Croatoan Archaeological Project. With him, the professor brings
about a dozen archaeology students.
artifacts found on a dig belong to the property owners. The CAS want
artifacts found here on Hatteras to remain on the island. Many property
owners have loaned or donated their artifacts to CAS to display at the
library in Hatteras, as well as the Hatteras Histories and Mysteries
Museum, temporarily located inside the Shipwreck Grill in Buxton.
The CAS has events coming up to get the community of Hatteras Island
involved and let people know what they have found in past
archaeological digs. Check out the list below and see what might
the actual digs themselves peak your interest, you have to become a
member of CAS and go through a safety course before you will be allowed
on a project dig, so consider joining. The University of Bristol and
CAS will be digging March 24-April 6 in Buxton, with possible test
sites in the other villages.
is invited for an Archaeology Roadshow, hosted by the Kinnakeet Civic
Association, at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at the Avon Firehouse.
Professor Horton will be there to talk about what has been found during
previous digs here on Hatteras Island. The professor will also examine
and help identify artifacts anyone brings with them. So make your
favorite side dish to share, grab your old bottles, arrowheads, or
pottery you found while out exploring the island, and head to the
firehouse for a potluck dinner.
will be an Archaeology Workshop for Kids at the Fessenden Center in
Buxton on Saturday, March 31. Archaeologists visiting from England have
fun and excitement planned for children ages 6 and up as the children
get to dig and sift in a real archaeology test pit, then clean and
document their findings. Future archaeologists, come prepared to get
dirty! A registration fee of $10 per child may be paid through any Dare
County Parks and Recreation Center.
Evening with the Archaeologists is scheduled for Sunday, April 1, at 7
p.m. at the Shipwreck Grill. This will be an evening of dinner,
dessert, and talks of digging. The students and archaeologists from
England will be available to talk artifacts and history with all you
history buffs. Tickets are on sale in advance for $20 per person at the
Shipwreck Grill or by calling 216-7118.
Final Presentation of Archaeological Findings is being hosted by the
CAS at the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club on Thursday, April 5. The potluck
dinner will begin at 6 p.m., so bring a side dish or dessert. For the
first time, Mark Horton will be addressing the public about his
research on Hatteras Island from 2009 to present. Come out and hear
what history was found on an island once called Croatoan.
information on how to join CAS or information on the history of
Hatteras Island, e-mail CAS at [email protected]
or call 252-216-7118.