Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

March 11, 2009

DAVID S. PHELPS, 79

Noted archaeologist

David S. Phelps, the archaeologist who unearthed a 16th-century gold signet ring while exploring ties between native people and the doomed English colonists who first tried to settle the Outer Banks of what is now North Carolina, died Feb. 21 in Fort Pierce, Fla., the Virginian-Pilot reported.

The ring proved to have no apparent link to the 1587 English colony that vanished from Roanoke Island, but it was the first evidence that Sir Walter Raleigh's explorers had contacts with the Indians.

Phelps found the ring in 1998 near Croatan, now known as Buxton.

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