The Lost Colony Center
for Science and Research

DNA Symposium

The Lost Colony Symposium on DNA and Research


Space is Limited – Reserve NOW to ensure your seat!!!



When:  September 7-9, 2007.  Sunday’s session will end at noon.


Location:  Farm Life Academy (home of the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research) and the Holiday Inn, Williamston, NC.


Reservation Mailing Address:  Lost Colony Center for Science and

            Research, 741 Springs Road, Washington, NC, 27889


Price:  $129 with pre-registration before August 1st, $149 thereafter. 

Preregistration is highly recommended, Credit card processing will be available on our website shortly.  However, to ensure your seat, send your check today.


            Includes: All 3 days of sessions, 2 lunches, 1 year Charter membership in

                        the Lost Colony Helix Foundation and private Helix

Foundation Newsgroup.


            Daily Schedule:  Agenda and Schedule will be posted on the Lost Colony

                        website and at the Holiday Inn.


Lodging:  Williamston Holiday Inn, 252-792-3184 (101 E. Boulevard)

Be sure to tell them it’s the Lost Colony Symposium to get the reduced rate of $66.95 per night (plus tax for a total of $75.49.)  You must book before August 29th to receive this rate.  When our block of rooms are gone, they are gone, so book early.



Optional Field Trips: 

Sunday PM – Panawicky and Lionel Redding Fort Site - $75 

Monday All Day – Beechlands - $150


Please join us to learn about recent research and findings relative to the Lost Colony.  As part of our ongoing research, the symposium will launch the largest DNA testing project of this type ever attempted.  The story was recently carried in newsprint, radio, internet and television in Europe, North America and Australia. 


This is a ground-floor opportunity to be a part of history being made.   Please join us and be a part of history unfolding.


Topics and Speakers


An agenda will be forthcoming shortly and will be available on the Lost Colony website, but a basic outline is provided here.  Please note that speakers may be substituted (or rearranged) without notice.


Bring:  Your pedigree charts and your genealogy.  We will be sharing information and planning our Lost Colony Test Strategy.


Bring:  Your checkbook if you haven’t DNA tested.  We will be holding a DNA Test Session, called a “Swab-In”. 


Keynote:  Friday – 1 PM - Fred Willard, Director of the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research – The Lost Colony: The Most Exciting Mystery in North America


Friday, Sept. 7th


·        Welcome

·        The Lost Colony – Basics: Who, When and Where – Roberta Estes, Director of DNA Research

·        The Lost Colony Center – Activities and Research, Archaeology – Anne Poole, Chairperson of Public Archaeology Education

·        Melungeon Migration Patterns - Jack Goins, Hawkins County, Tn. Archivist and Primary Melungeon Researcher

·        Genealogical Research Standards – Proving your Lost Colony Connection, Jennifer Sheppard, Director of Genealogical Research

·        The Virginia Dare Stone – Dr. James Southerland, Brenau University

·        Special Session – Viewing the Virginia Dare Stone

·        Reception

·        Birds of a Feather informal evening sessions


Saturday, Sept. 8th


·        DNA 101 – Bennett Greenspan, Family Tree DNA

·        Y Line Surname Studies, Testing, Case Studies – Roberta Estes

·        Mitochondrial DNA Testing and Cast Studies – Roberta Estes

·        Genographic Project – Bennett Greenspan

·        DNA Testing from Skeletal Remains – Jason Eshleman, Trace Genetics

·        Lost Colony DNA Project Plan – Roberta Estes

·        DNA Test Planning and “Swab-In” – Everyone

·        Special Evening Entertainment


Sunday, Sept. 9th

·        Lost Colony Artifact - the Gunlock, Dr. James Lavin

·        The Pasquotank Site: Description and Analysis of a Paleoindian Tool Assemblage from the North Carolina Coastal Plain – Will Moore, Project Archaeologist for the William and Mary Center for Archaeological Resarch

·        Beechland – Home of the Lost Colonists? - Philip McMullan

·        Satellite Imaging, Research in the 21st Century – Fred Williard


Sunday Afternoon – Archaeology Field Trip – Panawicky and the Lionel Redding Fort Site - $75


View the Panawicky Indian site by boat and Lionel Redding Fort site.  This site is the proposed location of the survivors of the Lost Colony.  Excavation of the Panawicky site is scheduled to begin in 2009.  It is also the location of the last living Kings of the Hatteras/Croatan Indians of record.  The Fort site, just discovered, is an extremely important location associated with the Tuscarora War of 1711/1713.  Note that the Fort site is under a wheat field and excavation has not begun.  Both of these sites are near the community now named Chocowinity.


Monday – All Day – Archaeology Field Trip - Beechland - $150


Did the Colonists move 50 miles inland to the Alligator/Pungo floodplain (generically called Beechland)?  We will view the shingle ditch that the Hatteras Indians constructed to harvest cedar and cypress shingles (traded and sold in Barbados) from one of the major ridges discovered with satellite imaging.  Enjoy the undisturbed woodlands, much as they were when the colonists arrived.  Experience for yourself what the Lost Colonists may have experienced.


Caravan in your own automobile approximately 1 hour from the Lost Colony Center, or make arrangements with the center to ride with someone else.  Please let us know if you will have seats in your car available for others.  Includes box lunch or bring your own if you have special needs.  Hiking boots, long jeans and long shirt required.  Hike will be 2 miles total in woodland terrain.   This is a remote area (no cell phone reception).  If you have allergies or health issues, please come prepared.  Bring plenty of your own drinking water.