In 1587, English settlers landed on Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina. But by 1590, no trace of the settlers could be found. Archaeologists digging at and near the site in 2016 made an important discovery. They discovered pottery and other artifacts farther inland that might have belonged to the settlers. This evidence led them to conclude that some of the Roanoke settlers might have survived. The surviving settlers might have split into two groups and joined nearby Native American communities.