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Archaeologist Robert Wauchope found proof that Eleanor Dare lived and died in the Nacoochee Valley!

Archaeologist Robert Wauchope found proof that Eleanor Dare lived and died in the Nacoochee Valley!


Dr. Román Piña Chán put a very heavy burden on the students that he invited into his office at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia for brown bag lunches.  He stressed  to us that he was never satisfied with what he knew about a subject.  In fact, on several occasions I observed him appearing to be arguing with himself.  LOL 

Twenty-four hours ago I posted the first part of a series on the Roanoke Island Colony.  Now I have to go back and change the tail end of the video.  The revised version will take about four hours to convert to MP3 and then upload to YouTube.  It’s all Dr. Piña Chán’s and Robert Wauchope’s fault. I just found detailed descriptions of the two stone tablets, which Wauchope discovered, but only vaguely mentioned in the book, he published in 1966.  

The problem is that NONE of the so-called experts, who ever wrote articles on the Dare Stones during the past 80 years ever went to the Nacoochee Valley or read Robert Wauchope’s account of his archaeological discoveries there.  Wauchope was implicit in the cover-up because he was young and in 1941 didn’t want his career being tainted by association with the Dare Stone controversy.  Actually, but that time, he was employed by the University of North Carolina and would have been fired, had he spoken up. 

Wauchope’s published papers about the Nacoochee Valley merely said while digging on a conical hill near the confluence of the Chattahoochee River and Duke’s Creek, he found proof that the hill was not a mound.  He unearthed a stone tablet “dating from the white occupation of the valley.”  Later, he said that while excavating the supposed tomb of Eleanor Dare, he found her name engraved on its rock wall.  He then wrote that he found an intriguing stone plague about 30 feet from the mouth of the tomb.   Wauchope even drew this plague and included the drawing in his book on the archaeology of North Georgia.  However,  Wauchope never told the readers the extreme significance of the letters A and D on that stone plaque.  

Eleanor engraved two stone tablets which stated:

Father wee dweelde in greate rocke  vppon river neere heyr ~ Elyoner Dare 1598

Father hab salvage shew yov greate rocke bye trale ~ 1599

The latter tablet was probably engraved just before she died in February 1599. Afterward,  Griffin Jones, another Roanoke survivor carved this stone and placed it at the base of the conical mound-like hill.  This is the tablet, which Wauchope found.

Elyoner Dare Heyr sithence 1593

Later, after Eleanor’s daughter, Agnes, had died, Griffin Jones, carved the message below on the wall of the tomb.  He also placed stone grave markers, which told the dates of death for other Roanoke Colony survivors into Eleanor Dare’s tomb.  In his book, Robert Wauchope did not provide the details of the inscription on the tomb’s wall, nor did describe the messages on the other stone tablets, which a member of the Williams family found in 1904.

She w__  John White Elyoner Dare dye february dowter name Agnes heyr

This is the plaque that Wauchope found about 30 feet from Eleanor Dare’s tomb.   The A and D may stand for Agnes Dare OR it may stand for Arnold Archard, not Joyce Archard.  You see, in another stone tablet, Eleanor stated that she had birthed a daughter and that her husband, the king, was angry.  The only possible reason that her husband could have been angry was that the baby was lily white.

This tablet was found by archaeologist, Robert Wauchope, near the entrance to Eleanor Dare’s tomb in the Nacoochee Valley, Georgia.


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Hey Richard,
    There you go again, finding new information and changing the record. Im glad you have the intellectual honesty to do that! It is a trait lacking in many people. To many stories out there about the Dare Stones are plain wrong. Thanks for all you do to get the word out.


    Richard, I just read your article on the Sami Crete connected stone artwork. Amazing. This artwork could also be of a worship of a sacred tree. The Maya, Aztecs (Mexica) are also connected to worship of a sacred tree in their artwork. Of course the Torah states there were 2 trees in the mist of GOD’s garden (The Tree of life and The Tree of Knowledge). The Nordic people also believed in a sacred tree in their “Valhalla” and also the Celtic peoples had sacred Trees. Do the Sami have a cultural worship of a sacred tree? Thanks for your Great articles.

    • There are very few trees in Lappland, except some stunted birches. I noticed that the really houses and barns in Juskajaarvi, about 40 miles northeast of Kiruna were built out of river driftwood, trimmed with an axe.


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