This article reports on the findings of archeological excavations carried out at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Roanoke Island during spring 1947 - 1948. The project followed a resurgence of interest in Sir Walter Raleigh's failed efforts to establish a colony on Roanoke Island and the group's subsequent disappearance. It was initiated shortly after the site received National Historic Site status. A summary of a preceding historical study on the subject is provided, as well as a synopsis of the field work and its results. Study area site maps, diagrams of forts, soil striations, and earthworks are included.