"Lost Colony" settlers disappeared from Roanoke Island in the late 16th century after English explorer Walter Raleigh sent three groups to the coast of North Carolina in 1584, 1585 and 1587.Artifacts have been uncovered throughout the years in and around the areas where the settlers are believed to have built forts.And while archaeologists have yet to discover the fate of the colony, discoveries such as the pottery offer glimpses into the colonists' lives.
Think of how the discovery of Rosetta Stone enabled us to finally decipher Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and how the modern 3D scanning technologies enabled us to reconstrue faces from the skulls of the long dead people. Because of such advances in archeology and technology, I believe that with the advancement of new forensic technologies and with the discovery of new evidence will be able to finally determine what happened to the "Lost Colony".
I'm not sure why this is still a mystery because most historians already agree that the colonists weren't prepared for the local weather conditions and were more than likely absorbed into the surrounding Indian tribes in the area.They moved when weather and food dictated. The few colonists who joined the Indians probably mostly died from weather and disease in the intervening time. Any that were remaining would have to have been near the area in order to even know that more colonists/explorers arrived. But with the European's history of contacting Native Americans the Natives were just as likely to avoid them altogether.
With technologies advancing rapidly, it is very believable that we will be able to uncover what happened to the "Lost Colony". New technologies help scientists and archaeologists to examine artifacts and geological landscapes in revolutionary ways and with these new technologies, many of our ideas about natural phenomena, historical events and the ancient world have drastically shifted in recent years. It is very possible that in the near future, our knowledge of what happened to the"Lost COlony" may be uncovered.